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The Exchange

The Fracas Over Fracking (Rebroadcast)


The controversial mining method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", has led to a boom in production of cheap natural gas by getting at what was previously inaccessible pockets of gas contained in shale. Energy companies see it as way to reduce America’s dependence on oil and lower our energy bills, but concerns over environmental safety have others saying we need to slow down and study the issue. We cover all sides of fracking and its potential impacts here in New England. 


Abrahm Lustgarten: Investigative Reporter with ProPublica, and author of Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

James Robb: Senior Vice President for Northeast Utilities, the parent company of PSNH.

Peter Thompson: Affiliated Professor of Geology at UNH.