This month’s edition of Grid Magazine has a fantastic cover story on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Largely an interview with Iris Bloom from Protecting our Waters, the article provides a great overview of the history of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and why it is a threat to our waterways. Please, if you don’t know much about fracking and don’t know where to start, go read this article right now! It’s on page 17 of the digital edition.
Here is the main reason why you should read it. From the article:
For many Philadelphians, natural-gas drilling and its attendant ills might seem a distant matter. Of the 2,400 new wells, the nearest to Philadelphia is in Columbia County, 90 miles away. Few city dwellers have likely heard of drilling towns like Towanda, Wilcox or Ward. Yet the Delaware Watershed covers the state’s urban southeast as much as its rural northeast, and gas extraction in the latter could ultimately impact both.