Our Shale Country Institute took place in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York from June 24th through the 28th.
While we continued the “roving journalists” approach to this Institute, Shale Country focused entirely on one subject: Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking."
We discussed economics, ecology, and environmental toxicology. We heard about human health, water and air quality, and citizen science. And we got on the bus to meet with scientists, industry representatives, concerned citizens, and many others in the forests, fields and neighborhoods where these important stories are taking place.
- Buffalo, New York to talk about natural gas transport and pipelines,
- The Allegheny National Forest to discuss hydraulic fracturing on public lands,
- Sites near Youngstown, Ohio, where a recent spate of earthquakes led to a pause in fracking while authorities pinpoint the cause,
- The Finger Lakes of New York, where a contentious proposal is brewing to use abandoned salt mines for natural gas storage.
Check out the Storify synopses of the Shale Country Institute:
Pat Bywater – Meadville Tribune
Stephen Cunningham – Bloomberg News
Mary Esch – AP
John Finnerty – Community Newspapers (PA)
Peter Green – Freelance
Kalea Hall – The Vindicator
Kathi Kowalski – Freelance
Martin LaMonica – Freelance
Joe Mahoney – Daily Star
Stephanie Ogburn – KUNC
Steve Orr – Democrat and Chronicle
Joanna Richards – WCNP/Ideastream
Lonnie Shekhtman – The Boston Globe
Lisa Song – InsideClimate News
Miranda Spencer – Freelance/Daily Climate
Lana Straub – Freelance
Dave Unger – Christian Science Monitor
Patricia Villone – CTV News
Please check out a sampler of some of the work produced by our Shale Country Fellows following the Institute.
Wet gas means more profits for Ohio, state says - Midwestern Energy News
Fracking wastewater is big business in Ohio - Midwestern Energy News
Families sick from fracking exposure turn to concerned scientists - InsideClimate News
"Saltwater" from North Dakota fracking spill is not what's found in oceans - InsideClimate News
The "bridge fuel" of Carroll County - Shale Reporter
Drilling Divide - The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
The biggest energy story on earth - The Christian Science Monitor
Fracking out your back door - Martin LaMonica blog
Fracking Debate - PGCTV News