From a natural gas boom town to a staunchly resistant community, WHYY’s Kerry Grens, Susan Phillips and the NewsWorks team bring you to the places where the debate and the development of the natural gas industry are taking shape in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale.


Update: Reporters Susan Phillps and Scott Detrow continue to follow developments on this story in Pennsylvania. Their reports can be found on NPR's StateImpact site.



The Shale Game Part 1: County vs. County

Kerry Grens and Susan Phillips - September 27, 2010 Susan Phillips and Kerry Grens take you to two counties in northeastern Pennsylvania that have reacted to gas drilling in drastically different ways.

The Shale Game Part 2: Water

Natural gas has been trapped deep below the surface of Pennsylvania for eons. But only in the past two years has the industry begun in earnest to tap the rich gas reserves of the Marcellus Shale -- a layer of rock thousands of feet down that runs from New York to West Virginia. Gas companies sunk nine hundred wells into the Pennsylvania Marcellus this year. With this new area in play, residents have a lot of questions. The most frequently asked: what will be the impact on their water. In part two of our series The Shale Game, WHYY's health and science reporter Kerry Grens searches for the answer.

The Shale Game Part 3: Jobs

Pennsylvania's natural gas rush has environmentalists and residents worried about contaminated drinking water wells, increased truck traffic, exploding well heads and potentially toxic spills. But the counterpoint all along has been jobs, jobs, jobs.

The Shale Game Part 4: Social services

Thousands of people have flooded rural areas to work for drilling companies — but with more people comes greater need for public services, and an economic burden on some communities.

The Shale Game Part 5: Regulatory issues

Who watches over industry? In this final piece of our series on the Marcellus Shale, WHYY's Susan Phillips reports on how regulators are struggling with policing the gas rush.

Is air quality the next big worry over natural gas drilling? Patrick Cobbs, September 29,2010

Some fresh water disappears down a hole in ‘fracking’ Patrick Cobbs, September 29,2010