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Mixed Feelings About Gas Industry Growth in West Virginia, Exploring What's in a Virginia Name

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Mapping the Natural Gas Industry in West Virginia: West Virginia Public Radio's Glynis Board explains a map that shows the huge growth of natural gas drilling in West Virginia.

Credit Roxy Todd

West Virginia Community Excited and Concerned About Gas Industry Growth: Residents in one town are beginning to find out details about CONSOL energy’s plans to expand oil and gas development in their area. The company says they will begin hydraulic fracturing as early as next January. Hundreds of people crowded into a tight assembly hall recently at Jackson's Mill to attend a public forum about what the energy company is planning. The prospect of hydraulic fracking in the area is prompting excitement, but also concerns, as Roxy Todd of West Virginia Public Radio reports.

Investigating Strange Symptoms in Smallmouth Bass in Pennsylvania:  For the last 10 years a mystery has been unfolding in the Susquehanna watershed in Pennsylvania. Young smallmouth bass have been found with open sores and lesions. Many of the male fish that make it to adulthood have female sexual characteristics. The smallmouth bass population has dropped, threatening the state’s $3 billion recreational fishing industry. What’s causing these strange symptoms? StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Katie Colaneri spoke with some of the detectives on the case, and some people who are impatient with how long it’s taking to solve it.

What’s in a Name … a segment on Inside Appalachia that explores the history and folklore of the names of Appalachian places. Certainly there is nothing bland about the colorful Commonwealth of Virginia, and yet, there is. Listen to the show to find out.  

Communicating Science Without Jargon in Pennsylvania: Most reporters are not scientists. Instead, we rely on the type of scientist who is good at telling stories, good at translating what happens in the lab to people who may not have been around an Erlenmeyer flask since high school. So what makes a scientist a good communicator? StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips looks at how the scientific community has become more interested in figuring that out.

Jessica can be heard on Inside Appalachia and West Virginia Morning the station’s daily radio news program. You can reach her at jlilly@wvpublic.org