February 12, 2013
High volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been hailed as the long-sought answer to our global energy dilemma, and an environmental catastrophe in the making. New York state is now in the final steps of evaluating the safety of this unconventional practice to extract gas from shale formations extending under large sections of the state, and the outcome of this review is expected to play out within weeks or even days.
On this special report from WSKG, reporters Matt Richmond and Tom Wilber will talk about where New York state stands on fracking, what the concerns are, and what it all means for you.
Guests on the program are Jon Campbell, Gannett correspondent from Albany; John Hanger, former Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection; Roger Downs, director of the regional Sierra Club; Helen Slottje, co-founder of the Community Environmental Defense Council; and Tom West, a lawyer and lobbyist for the oil and gas industry.