FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 14, 2012
FULL WEEK OF MARCELLUS SHALE PROGRAMMING TO
REBROADCAST ON WQED: THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHANNEL
IN ADVANCE OF SERIES FINALE
New “Managing Marcellus” Special to Air on WQED in Pittsburgh & WITF in Harrisburg
PITTSBURGH— This month, a year-long focus on Marcellus Shale will culminate with a new production, an enhanced website and a marathon broadcast of the entire body of work on Shale coverage. The series, Managing Marcellus has been made possible by a grant from the Colcom Foundation. Managing Marcellus: A Journalists’ Forum will premiere on Thursday, May 31 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV and will simulcast on WITF-TV/Harrisburg. During the broadcast, journalists from southwestern Pennsylvania and the surrounding region will discuss their personal experiences covering Marcellus Shale including what they’ve seen, who they’ve talked to, the events they’ve witnessed, and the facts they have gathered.
Viewers can join the conversation through Twitter @MarcellusWQED. Questions and comments will be read and the live panel will be able to respond.
This forum will mark the 11th WQED production to cover the subject of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania. WQED began reporting on Marcellus Shale in June 2010 as part of an OnQ special series called, What’s In the Water? In an effort to provide the public with every possible angle of this important issue in advance of the series finale, the entire collection of Marcellus Shale programs will be re-broadcast on WQED: The Neighborhood Channel.
Beginning Sunday, May 20th at midnight through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, May 26th, all ten programs (previously broadcast) will air in rotation on WQED: The Neighborhood Channel which can be found at 13.3 over-the-air or on COMCAST Channels 195 or 201.
• OnQ Special Series: What’s In the Water? (originally broadcast June 2, 2010)
It may be the answer to the needs of an energy-hungry nation, but it's a different story for people who live close to drilling sites - especially those who rely on well water to drink, bathe and water gardens. Chris Moore talks with some of those property owners in this report which examines the promise and heartbreak of Marcellus Shale drilling.
• EXPERIENCE “Marcellus Shale: The Price of Progress” (originally broadcast November 1, 2010)
Some say it's the answer to an energy-hungry nation's needs, and that properly monitored it's a boon to the economy. But people who live on or near Marcellus Shale drilling sites say the process has ruined their drinking water and property values. WQED's Chris Moore examines the promise and heartbreak of Marcellus Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region.
• The Marcellus Shale Debate: A Town Hall Meeting (originally broadcast November 4, 2010)
Western Pennsylvania is sitting on what seems like an endless source of natural gas. The drilling promises jobs to a struggling economy, but at what cost? Environmental groups fear the drilling is a disaster waiting to happen and some homeowners say the process has already contaminated their drinking water.
• Drilling for Answers: The Marcellus Shale Debate (originally broadcast March 31, 2011; underwritten by PNC)
This one-hour special explores the controversial issue of Marcellus Shale drilling in the Pittsburgh region. Hosted by Chris Moore, the program features guest panelists who are experts on various issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling. Tonia Caruso fields questions submitted through WQED’s web site and Facebook page and present them to the panel.
• EXPERIENCE “Two Guys, a Boat, and a Cause” (originally broadcast April 25, 2011)
WQED profiles Three Rivers Waterkeeper, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for the waterways throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. This episode of Experience follows the dedicated environmentalists on water, on land - and even to court - as they monitor and investigate potential threats to the region's waterways; empower citizens opposed to Marcellus Shale drilling; and fight to enforce the Clean Water Act.
• Marcellus Shale: A Community Forum (originally broadcast on October 6, 2011)
This forum focuses on the impact of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale vein.
Panelists: David Callahan, Vice President, Marcellus Shale Coalition; PA Sec. of the Department of Environmental Protection Michael Krancer; John H. Quigley, principal at
John H. Quigley, LLC and a strategic advisor and consultant for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (Penn Future), former secretary department of conservation and natural resources; Dr.Thomas Kinnaman, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Chair, Department of Economics, Bucknell University.
• EXPERIENCE “Managing Marcellus” (originally broadcast October 31, 2011)
This unusual look at the Marcellus Shale issue centers around a locally-produced play with actors in the roles of a gas industry representative, an elected official, an environmentalist, and a land owner - all grappling with the controversy, misconceptions and decisions surrounding Marcellus Shale drilling.
• Managing Marcellus: Energy & The Economy (originally broadcast January 26, 2012)
WQED presented a LIVE forum on energy and the economic impact of Marcellus Shale drilling. Hosted by Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso the panel of economic and Marcellus Shale experts included Dennis Yablonsky, Allegheny Conference CEO; Michael Krancer, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary; Tom Murphy, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research Co-Director; Matt Pitzarella, Range Resources Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; and Jan Jarett, President & CEO of PennFuture
• Managing Marcellus: The Play (originally recorded July 27, 2011; television premiere during Marcellus Shale Week)
An original performance from the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company dramatizing issues raised by Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Pennsylvania was performed and recorded in the WQED studio. Surveys taken by the theater program audience were developed into a report that WQED used to determine the community's interest in future Marcellus Shale conversation.
• PITTSBURGH 360° “Marcellus Shale Episode” (originally broadcast March 29, 2012)
Tonia Caruso finds out how one group is addressing the health concerns of drilling in Southwest Pennsylvania, Michael Bartley takes a look at how one community in Washington County is benefitting from the shale drilling and viewers and land owners are shown what to do when the land man comes.
As part of an interactive multimedia destination, all of WQED’s productions on Marcellus Shale (including the series Managing Marcellus) and links to related social media sites are available at wqed.org/managingmarcellus.
An additional series of short documentaries on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania called GAS RUSH STORIES was produced by independent filmmaker and broadcast journalist Kirsi Jansa are also available on WQED’s Managing Marcellus page.
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