PBS is looking at the impact of the Bakken shale development in North Dakota, focusing on the tradeoffs involved.
Murrey Jacobson talks with former National Public Radio reporter John McChesney, who has an online documentary, "An Unquiet Landscape: The American West's New Energy Frontier."
Jacobson writes: "At a time when it's difficult to find enough industries that are creating new jobs with good wages, the boom in energy development in the U.S. is an unexpected surprise that's fueling growth in some parts of the American West and potentially transforming some of the communities in question.
"This week,Ray Suarez and producer Merrill Schwerin look at the consequences and choices surrounding the new energy boom, a gold rush of sorts that's focused on oil and natural gas development rather than alternative energy sources.
"It's an important moment: Major finds and the use of advanced technologies to tap into reserves that were once unattainable could help reduce US dependence on foreign sources of oil in a way few had predicted just a few years ago and could lead to lower prices. But as Ray documents tonight in his piece about the oil boom in Williston, North Dakota - where unemployment is well below the national average and where people come from other states to find a job -- the energy boom comes with some serious trade-offs."
The whole article and link to the documentary can be found here.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.