Drilling for Natural Gas: Rewards and Risks

Drilling for Natural Gas: Rewards and Risks

More sophisticated drilling techniques are unlocking this country's enormous reserves of natural gas. But many say environmental concerns – including radioactive waste water – have yet to be fully addressed. Efforts to reduce the risks of extracting natural gas.

The state of Pennsylvania is in the forefront of the current rush to extract natural gas, and it also seems to be in the middle of an increasingly contentious debate over related environmental risks. The process of extracting natural gas involves forcing millions of gallons of water deep into the earth to break up rock and release the gas. Environmentalists say that in some states, including Pennsylvania, this waste water which is often laden with heavy salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials is being improperly discharged into rivers and streams. Please join us for conversation on the risks and rewards of drilling for natural gas.


John Quigley

former secretary Pennsylvania's Department of conservation and Natural Resourses

Ian Urbina

reporter, NY Times

Tony Ingraffea

Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering
Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow
Cornell University

Kathryn Klaber

president, Marcellus Shale Coalition

Amy Mall

policy analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council

John Hanger

former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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