Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life to Steel Industry

NPR's Jeff Brady reports on how the natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania is helping the economies of Rust Belt cities long accustomed to bad news.

While much attention has been paid to the environmental risks of drilling into the Marcellus Shale, the economic benefits have been less prominent in the national discussion.

Jeff takes a look at those economic benefits from the point of view of the small city of Youngstown, Ohio.

This story is featured on WXXI's Innovation Trail website which has done extensive reporting on the debate over hydrofracking in New York State.

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Economic benfits of gas drilling

If we had a major conversion to wind energy, steel would also be needed to make the wind towers. If we had a major conversion to solar, steel would be needed for the freestanding platforms. Of course, on the other hand, the steel might also be imported from China, as in the case of the San Fransisco Bay Bridge.