A new study from West Virginia University says economic activity linked to drilling created roughly 7,600 jobs and generated $298 million in wages and benefits in West Virginia in 2009, but does the economic and personal gain come at a price?
Residents at the meeting expressed concern over ground water contamination.
Water contamination from a natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is the topic of a documentary film called “GASLAND.”
It was directed by Josh Fox, a former landowner who was faced with signing a drilling lease himself.
Fox set out on a nationwide journey to uncover side effects of “fracking.” His film documents a man in Colorado who is able to set his water on fire from alleged contamination, along with other people suffering from health side effects.