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Douglas Shields- Why Fracking Doesn’t Make Cents

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In the Northeast, there is an area that extends throughout much of the Appalachian Basin called The Marcellus Shale. This area, located in the Northeast seems to offer the perfect resource to produce more gas and according to the gas companies, create new jobs. The shale contains largely untapped natural gas reserves and has now become the prime focus for energy development.
The natural gas industry is spending millions of dollars to sell the merits of drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale. The process of extracting the gas is called hydro-fracking or more commonly referred to as fracking. When it comes to natural gas development, there are many concerns not only about the environment but about health and land value as well. What are the financial risks involved with leasing your land? What rights do you have if your neighbor’s land is leased? Is fracking going to make its way to New York State?
In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Douglas A. Shields about his position against fracking. Douglas is a former member of the Pittsburgh City Council, on which he represented the 5th Districtfrom 2004 to 2012, and also served as the Council's President from 2006 to 2010. Stay tuned.