This American Life goes deep into the frontlines of the Natural Gas Drilling, or Hydrofracking, battle in Pennsylvania.
A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, and the result blows his mind. The numbers say that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to lead a revolution in how America gets its energy. But another professor in Pennsylvania does a different calculation and reaches a troubling conclusion: that getting natural gas out of the ground poses a risk to public health. The story of two men, two calculations, and two very different consequences.
This American Life "Game Changer" airs Sunday, July 10 at 6 p.m. and encores Thursday, July 14 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.