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NPR Series To Examine Fracking

May 14, 2012
Originally published on May 14, 2012 5:49 am
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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

All this week, by the way, NPR is taking a deeper look at the natural gas boom in the United States. It's supplying America with cheap, abundant energy and pumping billions of dollars into the economy. But there are questions about what the gas boom is doing to our air and our water. Tomorrow on MORNING EDITION, we'll hear from sick patients living near gas wells and the doctors searching for answers.

Here's a preview of what's to come in our series, The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: It's just a who's who toxic chemical mix. Pretty much, all of those items that you get from petroleum products are spewing into the air in this area.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: I worry about my health. I worry about my kids' health.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: It's the unknown I think that is scariest thing.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Run. Run as fast as you can. Grab up your family and your belongings and get out.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: You can't make assumptions about health impacts if you don't have the data to support it.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: If it turned out that it wasn't the oil and gas industry, that was fine with me.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: We're talking about an enormous number of people who are potentially at risk, that have their conditions worsened by these exposures.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #5: We're not out to get anybody. We just want to let the facts lead us wherever they will.

INSKEEP: Our series on The Fracking Boom begins later today on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

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