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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
2:34 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Slideshow: 'Close Encounters' With Gas Well Pollution

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
2:33 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

'Close Encounters' With Gas Well Pollution

NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:54 am

Living in the middle of a natural gas boom can be pretty unsettling. The area around the town of Silt, Colo., used to be the kind of sleepy rural place where the tweet of birds was the most you would hear. Now it's hard to make out the birds because of the rumbling of natural gas drilling rigs.

The land here is steep cliffs and valleys. But bare splotches of earth called well pads are all over the place.

"That's the one I'm worried about because it just went in," says Tim Ray.

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
2:04 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Slideshow: Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
2:03 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

Michelle Salvini (left) and Terri DiCarlo take a break from work outside the Cornerstone Care clinic in Burgettstown, Pa. Mysterious fumes have repeatedly sickened clinic staffers, forcing them to evacuate the building several times.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:48 am

Kay Allen had just started work, and everything seemed quiet at the Cornerstone Care community health clinic in Burgettstown, Pa. But things didn't stay quiet for long.

"All the girls, they were yelling at me in the back, 'You gotta come out here quick. You gotta come out here quick,' " said Allen, 59, a nurse from Weirton, W.Va.

Allen rushed out front and knew right away what all the yelling was about. The whole place reeked — like someone had spilled a giant bottle of nail polish remover.

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
11:11 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Slideshow: With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
11:10 am
Mon May 14, 2012

With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:55 am

In Pennsylvania, there's an industrial revolution going on. Battalions of drilling rigs are boring into the earth to extract natural gas from an underground layer of shale called the Marcellus formation.

And as the wells multiply all along the western end of the state, people worry they may be facing another toxic legacy.

The first one came from coal mining. All over the state, you can see bright orange rivers and streams. The aquatic life was killed by acidic runoff from abandoned mines.

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All Things New Orleans
5:14 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

"A Difficult Woman" has her biography released & a "Streetcar" is revived

On this week's episode we'll listen to stories about theater, literature, motherhood and more.

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Photo Gallery
6:42 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Jazz Fest in Pictures

WWNO's own Jack Hopke with festival-goer Juli Juneau in a zydeco moment at the Fais-do-do stage.
WWNO

WWNO was out at the Jazz Fest all weekend long! Take a look at the photo gallery to the left for a peek at some of the sights we ran across at the Fairgrounds.

The Listening Room
10:47 am
Mon April 16, 2012

The Hunt for Oil: Risks and Rewards

From the series: Burn: An Energy Journal. Host Alex Chadwick tackles one of the most important energy questions facing America: Are we running out of oil? This hour long broadcast is pegged to the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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All Things New Orleans
2:25 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Navy Week Ships into New Orleans and Professional Golfers Tee Off

On this week's episode you'll find out how the Navy plans to commemorate the War of 1812; how City Park has generated a lot of revenue since Hurricane Katrina; and how you can see the winner of the 2012 Masters tournament in New Orleans.

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