In Poland, Energy Deep in the Earth Fuels Dissent Above Ground

This report was first broadcast by PBS Newshour on Monday, May 6.

Poland recently eased regulations on hydraulic fracturing--fracking--with the hope that potentially rich deposits of shale gas will help boost the economy, lower prices for consumers and reduce the country's energy dependence on Russia. But many local residents fear that concerns about the environment are taking a backseat to government and corporate interests.

This reporting was funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Calkins Media, publishers of