Guests: Maryam Jameel, David Brown, David Spigelmyer
Rural Pennsylvanians continue to struggle with contaminated well water, that they blame on fracking, the Hydraulic fracturing process of drilling and injecting fluid into the earth to extract natural gas inside. We’ll get an update on what’s happening now and what’s next for the fracking industry in the state. We’ll start by talking with MARYAM JAMEEL, a reporter on labor & the environment at The Center for Public Integrity, who wrote a recent article detailing how some Pennsylvanians feel abandoned by state regulators. Toxicologist DAVID BROWN, founder of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, will tell us about the assistance the organization provides people who have been exposed to fracking chemicals in southwest Pennsylvania and why he believes the government agencies needs to know more about the risks people face from drilling. And we’ll discuss regulation and the public’s perception of the industry with DAVID SPIGELMYER, the President of the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, the region’s largest shale development trade association.