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Policing shale gas in the state of independence

Convo with a shale gas journalist on Pennsylvania's surveillance climate

by Miles Howe

Streamlined information sharing between state police, private security, industry and government already exists in Pennsylvania. Anti-fracking activists have for years argued that the degree of surveillance crosses constitutionally protected rights. [Photo: Paul Weaver]
Streamlined information sharing between state police, private security, industry and government already exists in Pennsylvania. Anti-fracking activists have for years argued that the degree of surveillance crosses constitutionally protected rights. [Photo: Paul Weaver]

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) -- Documents show that the RCMP New Brunswick paid a June 2014 visit to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to share 'best practices' with state police and the FBI. Specifically, the purpose of the RCMP's visit was related to how to 'police' shale gas.

This does raise the question: How do the police in Pennsylvania police shale gas?

To find out more, I spoke with Marie Cusick, a reporter with Harrisburg Pennsylvania's WITF public radio.

Please enjoy the following audio interview.

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