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2: Joaquin Sapien and Sabrina Shankman on Gas Drilling Wastewater

Guests Joaquin Sapien and Sabrina Shankman talk about their latest report "Drilling Wastewater Disposal Options in N.Y. Report Have Problems of Their Own." The pair explain what hydraulic fracturing is and why it's become so prevalent today, why New York State is having problems disposing of the water used in the process, how they pulled the story together, what the water treatment plants are doing to handle the wastewater and why this is an important issue today.

ProPublica has been reporting on the dangers of natural gas drilling since we began publishing investigations in 2008. Many stories have covered what's happening in New York in the Marcellus Shale region, but many others have looked at problems with the process in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states. You can read all of the stories in our series here.

Mike Webb

Mike Webb was the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.

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