Toxic Air Pollution and Fracking in Texas

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lisa Song, reporter for Inside Climate News, discusses her team's investigative reporting on the connection between toxic air pollution and people getting sick around fracking sites in Texas.


Lisa Song

Comments [16]

@Martin C

"Caveat emptor to listeners about Inside Climate News."

Why don't you take a run over to the Pulitzer Prize site. Search for won't find a single award. Climate News has at least one. So if professional accolades of merit matter, ICN is better than Rupert Murdoch's pretend news channel.

Feb. 24 2014 12:59 PM
Roberto Gautier

Important points made during the program on fracking in north Texas:
1.) Air pollution monitoring is misleading because citizens believe that monitoring is actually taking place.
2.) Air pollution monitoring data is nearly useless because single elements (ozone) are tested for without a relationship to the myriad other toxic chemicals in the air. Results come to us out of a full context.
3.) The EPA and other entities like the NY State DEC and the NYC DEP are under-funded and under-staffed. Citizens are therefore not protected adequately.
4.) Standards for "acceptable" levels of air pollution are set in laws which give false hope and are not at all rigorous enough for true environmental protection.
5.) Everyone is affected by air pollution, even those in clear, pristine parts of the planet. Vermont's environment is dirtied by air masses coming from filthier states. Air in the Swiss Alps is sullied by industrial zones in Germany.

Feb. 18 2014 01:47 PM
Estelle from Brooklyn

to simpsonsonsmovieblew

is "whoreship" a typo or on purpose?

Feb. 18 2014 11:20 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"Why are you here?"

.... to bring "fairness and balance" to this public discourse.

.... and the satisfaction of seeing you (only YOU!) annoyed by mention of the other side of this VERY one-sided discussion. (e.g. jobs, growth, prosperity)

Gosh, you COULD just ignore them.

Feb. 18 2014 11:01 AM
Jake S from NYC


Do you ever get tired of trolling the comments of a public radio talk show? Even if we accept that you're genuine and not just typing half-assed bromides in a lame attempt to rile people up, you don't seem to like the host, guests, or anything about the program. In the more likely event that you're a simple, boring, troll, nobody ever bites in your comments. Why are you here?

Feb. 18 2014 10:50 AM

Texans seem to whoreship the sloppiest, most arrogant exploiters of Fossil Fuels. All I can surmise is that they have been convinced that organ cancer and black air and water are good?

At least the Chinese are buying up Fortune 500 companies and the nicest pads in NYC. Where will poor Texans (and West Virginians etc.) escape?

Feb. 18 2014 10:46 AM

Last time I took a drive down rt 81 to Scranton, we stopped at Great Bend PA where fracking water trucks were filling up at the Susquehanna River. After a brief 5 minute stop at a convenience store - when we returned to our car, it was COVERED with dust particulates from the hundreds of frack tankers that filled up every day. In fact, when we took a good look at all the stores at the exit, they were covered in the stuff. Don't know how the area looks now, but it used to be a rather pristine area.

Also recent findings have discredited the actual amount of easily harvestable shale gas in most of NY. Apparently there are shale gas "sweet spots" where the harvesting is profitable, but new studies indicate that most of NY does not include these "sweet spots" which are prevalent in PA.

So why mess up the air, water and soils in NY for very little return? Let NY be the supplier of fresh water to those areas in the northeast that do not have the same water quality.

Martin C - do you work as a Troll for the Koch brothers?

Feb. 18 2014 10:44 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

You are not talking much about the JOBS that are created.

LOL, this is channeling Obama and Jay Carney's amazing recent spin - "fewer jobs are better because it gives people a choice of choosing not to work."

Feb. 18 2014 10:44 AM
caesar romaine from manhattan

what about the amount of water that gets used for fracking? pro frackers say it's less than a golf course uses. anti frackers say it's millions and millions of gallons.

Feb. 18 2014 10:43 AM
Jack from Manhattan

Are you serious? That "Live free or die", gun-totting state deserves what it gets. Texas is a big state and its hard to imagine the entire state becoming spoiled to the point of inhabitability. If is does however, I'm not sure where the displaced Texans will run off to. Perhaps, they'll invade Mexico and set up a new state to corrupt. Certainly, the Yankee North will not be an option for most of the Lone Star State's refugees.

Feb. 18 2014 10:38 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL, it "preys on the poor" ... an expansion of the tax base is awful!!??.... and "all this growth" is a bad thing!!??
You can't invent this much negative spinning without being on drugs.

Wow, our host here, Alice, welcomes us to her Leftie Wonderland.

Feb. 18 2014 10:38 AM
Bobby G from East Village

Where does the water for this area come from, and what is the effect of fracking on the this water?

Feb. 18 2014 10:37 AM

Who cares if this winter was cold. The year as a whole is warmer.
This just in from Fox News!

Feb. 18 2014 10:36 AM

Good luck dummies!

Feb. 18 2014 10:20 AM
Lisa from Roscoe

I hope you examine the nys landowners false claim that has been repeated that they have 70,000 members that is a lie and a joke!

Feb. 18 2014 10:01 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Caveat emptor to listeners about Inside Climate News.
Though they disguise themselves as a “non-profit, non-partisan news organization” and claim that “Our mission is to produce clear, objective stories,” (Don't they all?), feel free to peruse their website of “objectivity” (LOL, rants about the Koch brothers) and look at their funders (a who’s who list of left wing foundations) and you’ll understand why Brian has them on.

More red meat for his looney audience here ... and something to distract from the country’s 3rd coldest winter on record so far. (See, we can all play that game.)

(Third Coldest Winter On Record So Far In The US -

Feb. 18 2014 08:20 AM

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