In this episode, we dig into a new report about citizen complaints over gas drilling in Pennsylvania and explore why some are crying foul over Shell’s latest permit request for its ethane cracker facility.
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Stories in this episode
- The Debate Over Shell’s Water Pollution Permit is Heating Up- Shell is building a brand new ethane cracker in Beaver County, but it wants to use the less-stringent water pollution permit that was issued to the site's previous owner. Will the state play along?
- The Ohio River Crosses State Lines. Does It Need a Regional Agreement that Does Too?- For years, regional agreements have been used to improve watersheds in places like the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes. Some advocates argue the Ohio River needs one too.
- Trump’s First 12 Days, the Planet’s Next 1,000 Years- In the latest episode of the Trump on Earth podcast, veteran journalist Andrew Revkin talks about why we've been focusing on the wrong question when it comes to climate change.
- EPA Says Pennsylvania Lacks Resources to Enforce Safe Water Standards- Just how bad is it? A former state environmental regulator says deep cuts to budgets and staffing mean the Pennsylvania DEP is now "dangerously close" to not being able to fulfill its mission.
- Citizen Complaints Over Drilling Have Soared During the Gas Boom- According to a new report, Pennsylvanians have filed around 9,000 complaints over the past decade, mostly over water contamination. And that number has increased dramatically in the fracking era.