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Attempting to draw parallels between West Virginia’s thriving natural gas industry and the region’s history of coal production, a recent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail functions more as an anti-natural gas development scare tactic than objective piece of investigative journalism. As the first in a series of West Virginia-focused articles in partnership with New York City-based advocacy outlet ProPublica, the piece inaccurately frames the region’s natural gas development as something to fear rather than celebrate.

To understand the extent to which this article missed the mark about the state’s natural gas development, let’s breakdown some the article’s key claims:

https://www.energyindepth.org/propublica-funded-article-on-w-virginia-shale-development-is-more-scare-tactic-than-objective-journalism/

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