Gas Planet looks at whether natural gas drilling, and fracking, can help or hinder efforts to solve climate change. Innovation Trail, a collaboration of six upstate New York public media outlets led by WXXI, is pleased to present Gas Planet: The Impact of the Natural Gas Boom on Climate on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2. After filing several stories on hydraulic fracturing, Innovation Trail, which provides in-depth reports about the innovative technologies, businesses, and policies that are helping rebuild the region’s economy, brings you this one-hour special that looks at how new ways of drilling for natural gas could influence climate change. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked vast reserves of natural gas once thought unreachable. The drilling industry touts natural gas as a cleaner fuel that can reduce carbon emissions. But new research questions this assumption, calling it ‘dirtier than coal’.
Gas Planet is a special hour of radio from the Innovation Trail and the Allegheny Front.