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Managing Marcellus

It is a a billion dollar industry, producing billions of cubic feet of natural gas in Pennsylvania every day. A subject of much discussion, debate and deliberation -- concerned citizens, land owners, environmentalists, elected officials and the industry grapple with managing Marcellus Shale.

Through a special grant from the Colcom Foundation, WQED is putting the spotlight on Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Pennsylvania -- producing a series of programs that will explore community and environmental concerns, economic growth and job opportunities. We’ll reflect on the history of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and how it compares to shale drilling in other parts of the country and the impact on Pennsylvania now -- and in the future.

The Marcellus Shale Debate: A Town Hall Meeting

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Managing Marcellus - A Journalists' Forum
Journalists from Southwestern Pennsylvania and elsewhere gather at WQED-TV to talk about their experiences covering Marcellus Shale - what they’ve seen, who’ve they’ve talked to, the events they’ve witnessed, and the facts as they’ve gathered them on Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania. watch

PGH 360 - Land Rights, Health Impact, Community Impact
Tonia Caruso finds out how one group is addressing the health concerns of drilling in Southwest Pennsylvania, Michael Bartley takes a look at how one community in Washington County is benefitting from the the shale drilling and we show land owners what to do when the land man comes. watch

Energy & Economic Impact Panel
WQED presented a LIVE forum on Energy & Economic Impact. WQED hosts Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso convened a panel of economic and Marcellus Shale experts.watch

Managing Marcellus
This unusual look at the Marcellus Shale issue centers around a locally-produced play with actors in the roles of a gas industry representative, an elected official, an environmentalist, and a land owner - all grappling with the controversy, misconceptions and decisions surrounding Marcellus Shale drilling. watch

Managing Marcellus
(the play)

An original performance from the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company dramatizing issues raised by Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Pennsylvania. watch

Marcellus Shale: The Price of Progress
Some say it's the answer to an energy-hungry nation's needs, and that properly monitored it's a boon to the economy. But people who live on or near Marcellus Shale drilling sites say the process has ruined their drinking water and property values. WQED's Chris Moore examines the promise and heartbreak of Marcellus Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. watch

The Marcellus Shale Debate: A Town Hall Meeting
Western Pennsylvania is sitting on what seems like an endless source of natural gas. The drilling promises jobs to a struggling economy, but at what cost? Environmental groups fear the drilling is a disaster waiting to happen and some homeowners say the process has already contaminated their drinking water. watch

Drilling For Answers: The Marcellus Shale Debate
This one-hour special explores the controversial issue of Marcellus Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Chris Moore, the program features guest panelists who are experts on various issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling. Tonia Caruso will field questions submitted through WQED's web site and Facebook page and present them to the panel. watch

Marcellus Shale Drilling
It may be the answer to the needs of an energy-hungry nation, but it's a different story for people who live close to drilling sites - especially those who rely on well water to drink, bathe and water gardens. OnQ's Chris Moore talks with some of those property owners in this report which examines the promise and heartbreak of Marcellus Shale drilling. watch

Two Guys, A Boat, And A Cause
WQED profiles Three Rivers Waterkeeper, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for the waterways throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. This episode of "Experience" follows the dedicated environmentalists on water, on land - and even to court - as they monitor and investigate potential threats to the region's waterways; empower citizens opposed to Marcellus Shale drilling; and fight to enforce the Clean Water Act. watch

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This series of short documentaries on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania was produced by Kirsi Jansa, an independent filmmaker and broadcast journalist.

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