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"Gas Rush: A Reporter's Perspective" - Discussion on Sept. 19

Posted Sep. 13, 2012


UNDER THE SURFACE - Fracking Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale - Tom WilberJoin author and journalist Tom Wilber as he reads from and discusses his new book, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, the first book-length journalistic overview of shale gas development and the controversies surrounding it.

September 19th at 6PM
Where: Kent State University @ East Liverpool, Slak Shak (Main Building, Level B)

Books are now available for purchase in our campus bookstore and will also be available for sale on-site

Tom Wilber
Tom Wilber,
a journalist and author who has covered shale gas prospecting and development throughout Pennsylvania and New York from the beginning. His presentation, "Gas Rush: A Reporter's Perspective", includes a brief overview of high volume hydraulic fracturing and related issues, including lessons learned during the rush to develop the Marcellus Shale and Utica shales. With that, he focuses on the rapidly changing current events and social influences that continue to play out -- market dynamics; the anti-fracking movement; Home Rule and other legal challenges; and local, state and national politics influencing regulations.

Wilber has been in the newspaper business for more than 20 years, including 17 years with the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, covering business, health, and environment beats. He has reported on shale gas development in New York and Pennsylvania since 2008; and he was among the first reporters to provide daily coverage of events in Dimock Pennsylvania, which have since become iconic of the national controversy over fracking. For that, he won top honors in Best of Gannett beat reporting in 2010.  He left the newspaper in 2010 to write full time about shale gas development. The resulting book, Under the Surface, Fracking Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, was published this spring by Cornell University Press. He now tracks current events related to shale as development in his blog, Shale Gas Review. Wilber holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MA in journalism from Syracuse University's SI New House School. He has taught various journalism courses as an adjunct at Binghamton University.

“Few ecological concerns are so controversial as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking.’ Opponents argue that the process will ruin major water supplies, while advocates see huge resources of energy and the prospect of dazzling wealth. Wilber, a former environmental reporter who has been covering the fracking debate from the beginning, combines a storyteller’s ear with a journalist’s eye, offering a sensitive and especially timely take on the issue. This book is essential background reading for the still-unfolding fracking drama.”   - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

For more information about the event, please contact Kent State University at East Liverpool 330-385-3805

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Sponsored by Kent State University at East Liverpool and the KSU-EL Environmental Club