From Jacqueline Froelich with our content partner, KUAF-FM 91.3, a report about a water quality debate in the Fayetteville Shale play.
A natural gas rush, fueled by new shale mining techniques, is taking place in several regions of the country, including north central Arkansas. The Fayetteville Shale reservoir is currently the second most productive shale gas play in the United States.
The industry promises to generate well over $18 billion by 2012, provide 11,000 jobs, valuable royalties to land holders and much needed tax revenue to the state. But some residents are claiming collateral damage due to a lack of environmental oversight.
Froelich chronicles the plight of one family that has seen its water turn red near a gas drilling site, but scientists, the gas companies and regulators are split on the cause.
Listen to her full report at this link.