Changing Planet

“After the Gas Rush” Part 2

In the Journey OnEarth film series, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Roshini Thinakaran reports about the people most directly impacted by pollution, oil spills, and toxic chemicals, and communities coping with climate change across the U.S.

NG Emerging Explorer, filmmaker Roshini Thinakaran. Photo by Mark Thiessen.

In the second installment of “After the Gas Rush”, Dr. Radisav Vidic, a civil engineer who works closely with the shale gas industry in Pennsylvania on environmental and recycling issues takes Roshini to an industry recycling plant, giving viewers get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the processing of “flowback water,” the byproduct of using water to fracture shale and release natural gas. High concentrations of toxic materials in the water make local citizens wary of it, and raise concerns about the contamination of the aquifers that supply the water they use in their homes.

Watch the full film on and hear some of the voices engaged in the debates about fracking and its impact on communities in Pennsylvania.


Learn More

“After the Gas Rush” Part 1

NG News Special Report: The Great Shale Gas Rush

Interactive: How Fracking Works


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