In this episode, we take a look at what happens to small-town economies when the fracking boom goes bust and explore why replacing lead water lines is a big—and extremely expensive—challenge.
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Stories in this episode
- When the Fracking Boom Goes Bust
The massive slowdown in Pennsylvania's once-booming drilling industry is taking many local businesses down with it.
- Watchdogs Say New Toxic Chemical Rules Are a Bust for Consumers
Congress is set to update a 40-year-old law regulating toxic chemicals in everyday products. But a watchdog group says the new regs were basically written by and for industry.
- The Secret Life of Salamanders
Warm spring rains bring a chance to observe salamanders carrying out one of the silent, sexy rituals of the new season.
- Location of Lead Water Pipes Is Often Anybody’s Guess
The bad news: Authorities estimate there are tens of thousands of lead water pipes in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Even worse, no one knows exactly where they are.
- Religious Groups Call for ‘Moral-torium’ on Fracking
An interfaith group representing religious people across Pennsylvania says it's time to start thinking about fracking—and climate change—in moral terms.