Fracking continues to monopolize headlines these days, especially in New York and Pennsylvania, center of the Marcellus Shale. Tom Wilber has spent years interviewing key players and local residents on all sides of the Marcellus Shale issue, first as a reporter covering business, health, and environmental issues for Gannett Corporation's Central New York Newspaper Group and later while preparing his brand new book Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale (Cornell University Press), which he will discuss at this event. Wilber's book is the first book-length journalistic overview of shale gas development and the controverises surrounding it.
"Under the Surface is all about energy. First, it is about this nation's insatiable appetite for it, which has led to perilous undertakings like shale extraction, with its enormous economic, environmental, political, and personal repercussions. But it is also about a reporter's seemingly limitless supply of energy. Fracking shatters subterranean rocks to release precious natural gas; Under the Surface represents a kind of reportorial fracking, in which the indefatigable Wilber bores in to extract how the process has had an impact on the lives of those atop or near that gas. While his focus is on upstate New York and Pennsylvania, this is a story that concerns us all."—David Margolick, contributing editor, Vanity Fair, and author of Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock
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