CBSN ORIGINALS DIGS INTO WEST VIRGINIA’S NATURAL GAS NIGHTMARE
“Powerless: The High Cost of Cheap Gas” Available Now Across CBS News’ Digital Properties
July 11, 2019 – A natural gas boom in the U.S. is creating much-needed jobs and keeping electricity costs low. But it comes at a high price for some landowners in West Virginia. Under a legal concept that allows mineral companies to do what’s “reasonable and necessary” to get at the natural gas under people’s land, natural gas companies are crossing private property lines, clear cutting trees, building massive drill rigs and raking in millions of dollars with arguably little compensation to the landowner.
This episode of CBSN Originals – produced in partnership with ProPublica – is a David and Goliath story and a clash of two American ideals: the right of property owners to have control over their land and the right of an industry to have access to the resources they bought and paid for.
CBSN launched its documentary series, CBSN Originals, in January 2016, adding a new dimension to the Network with immersive reports that take a deep dive into some of the key issues driving national and global conversations. To date, CBSN has streamed 38 Originals on a range of topics including the mass migration from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, social media’s role in the violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, gender identity and the dangerous journey to America through the Darien Gap, among others.
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