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America's Infrastructure

Gas in Them Thar Hills

Rick Karr

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Over the past few years, prospectors have been combing the hills of Pennsylvania. They're not looking for gold. The mineral that's setting off the frenzy is shale. It's a mile or more below ground, and it's full of natural gas - maybe enough to fuel the entire United States for two years. The "gas rush" could make some Pennsylvanians rich. But it could also pollute the state's air and water. And that's set up a conflict between natives of the area and weekenders - mostly New Yorkers - who own second homes there. As part of our collaboration with the PBS Television project Blueprint America, reporter Rick Karr went to Northeastern Pennsylvania to look into what's pitting neighbor against neighbor.

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