How should journalists go about covering research, so that they add to the public discourse rather than inflame it? StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Amy Sisk talks to two reporters who’ve covered studies tied to fracking and health for this episode of the “energy explained” podcast. StateImpact’s Susan Phillips is based at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Elana Gordon … Continue reading "What responsible reporting on scientific research looks like"
Bethany McLean, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, peers into the business side of fracking and finds an industry that is moving ‘astonishing’ amounts of money but isn’t as financially strong as it might seem. She discusses why there is ‘no such thing’ as American energy independence, and how that concept could pose a long-term threat … Continue reading "Author Bethany McLean, ‘Saudi America’ and what you might not know about the fracking industry"
Pennsylvania was among the first governments in the world to guarantee its citizens the right to a clean environment. In practice, that didn’t mean much — until now. As fracking transformed the state’s rural landscapes, it’s unexpectedly led to a shift in the legal landscape, too.
The Holleran family stood firm against a natural gas pipeline that threatened their dream of a maple syrup farm. They navigated the twisting turns of an inscrutable federal bureaucracy. They stood between the trees and chainsaws. But when they were threatened with arrests and fines, close knit ties began to fray. Men with chainsaws, guarded … Continue reading "Maple trees vs. natural gas: How one family lost the farm to a failed pipeline project"
The reporters at StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media reporting collaboration among WITF, WHYY, WESA and The Allegheny Front, bring you a podcast that goes behind the headlines about how we find and use energy in Pennsylvania.