One the richest sources of natural gas in the country covers much of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. But some residents there, who are worried about potential health risks, are growing skeptical and fighting the growing drilling process known as fracking.
During the past three years, 140 communities along the Marcellus Shale formation have publicly opposed drilling. Their actions include zoning controls limiting the drilling technology, road regulations, short-term moratoriums, and in unusual cases outright bans, says Susan Christopherson, a Cornell University professor who is studying the economic impact of Marcellus Shale.
The massive formation that houses natural gas is the largest in the country; and one of six major formations in North America, including Eagle Ford in east Texas.
“Fracking is a bit like an FDA drug that’s never been through a test,” says Stephen Herzenberg, an economist and executive director of the Keystone Research Center . Thepolicy and research center focuses on Pennsylvania, where gas drilling has expanded.Page 1 of 7 | Next Page