#1 Party School = #1 Fracking School

The same school whom This American Life deemed the nation’s #1 party school has just been labeled, by the same radio program, the #1 fracking school.

The episode, Game Changer, shows how Penn State University promoted the work of the professor who discovered the Marcellus Shale’s huge natural gas reserve, while ignoring the work of another professor at the University of Pittsburgh who figured out how much toxic stuff ends up in our water at the hands of hydraulic fracking.

A great look at how this whole mess got started, including some surprising links between government, corporations, academia and the donors who support them.

What the Frack!

This is depressing news:

Thousands of gallons of contaminated water used to extract natural gas have spilled out of a well in North Central Pennsylvania. Environmental officials continue to investigate the cause of the spill which has polluted ground water in Lycoming County.

The 13,000 gallons of  “frack fluid” contain high levels of salt and an unknown amount of toxic chemicals.

Pennsylvania is completely unprepared to deal with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale. We don’t have the proper oversight or taxes in place to ensure these companies don’t ruin the environment (with a special shout out to our drinking water) while ripping off our neighbors.

It’s time for a moratorium until these questions are answered.

For more information on this hugely important development that will effect us in PA NJ and DE, check out WHYY’s Shale Game series and the Gasland documentary.