Finding the Fracking Balance

Tar Sands Blockade via flickr
June 18, 2013

The prospect of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York has highlighted a complex debate between two camps: those that support the economic benefits that gas drilling may bring to the region, and those who are concerned that the environmental impact of gas drilling will harm the natural beauty and sustainability of the Southern Tier. And, there are also those who belong to both camps.

Fracking is an issue that has divided communities in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming – just like it has divided communities here in New York. So what do we – as a community – do to bridge that divide?

Crystal Sarakas hosts this discussion.

Guests: 
Rich Harwood, Founder and President, Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
Dr. Poppy McLeod, Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University
Matt Richmond, reporter, Innovation Trail