Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The health and safety concerns from fracking the Eagle Ford Shale Play in Texas.
Deep in the heart of South Texas, oil and gas wells are sprouting at an unprecedented rate, making the Eagle Ford Shale one of the biggest energy booms in America. But the boom could be a bust for local residents who fear for their health, not from the water in the ground, but the very air they breathe.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with David Hasemyer, co-author of "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale, an eight-month investigation by InsideClimate News, the Center for Public Integrity and the Weather Channel, that examines the dangers of releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air and reveals how little the Texas government knows about drilling pollution in its own state.

David Hasemyer is a freelance journalist, whose career includes an award-winning tenure at the San Diego Union-Tribune as an investigative reporter. He has written extensively about problems with nuclear waste and bitument pipelines.

Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Can carbon capture and sequestration reduce the carbon emissions of coal-fired power plants?
This is a rebroadcast of a program that originally aired on March 24, 2014

Coal provides 40 percent of the world's electricity and 39 percent of global CO2emissions. Mining coal is a deadly profession that destroys the natural environment. Transporting coal is also fraught with dangers and clean coal is a myth. But getting the world off coal is easier said than done. Until we have a comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure, it looks like coal will remain a significant source of the world's energy.

On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with writer Michelle Nijhuis, whose article "Can Coal Ever Be Clean?" appears in the April issue of National Geographic. We'll discuss the feasibility of carbon capture and sequestration, which is being promoted as a possible way to make coal less dirty.

 

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