Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented drilling boom where companies are polluting more water than the region’s wastewater treatment plants can handle. States in the path have found that they simply aren’t equipped to protect their drinking water supplies. The waste water is also being shipped to neighboring states for treatment and is being discharged into their lakes and rivers.
Environmental Attorney Deborah Goldberg will be talking with Kinshasha about the controversial gas drilling technique -- known as hydraulic fracturing – in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically-treated water mixed with sand into the earth under great pressure to crack the Marcellus shale and release gas from the deposits located 5,000 to 8,000 feet underground. The millions of gallon of water needed for this process are taken from local lakes and rivers.