fracking talk tonight in b’more
June 20, 2012
Just a reminder here: Tom Wilber, author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, will be speaking tonight at 7 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral Street, B’more. Of the book, Bill McKibben says, “I think shale gas is a disaster for the planet’s climate. But as this account makes clear it has also taken a profound toll on people and communities with the misfortune to sit atop the Marcellus deposits. Sometimes I think the recipe for a happy life is to make sure there’s nothing valuable under your soil.”
Wilber was a reporter in 2008 for the Binghamton (NY) Press and Sun-Bulletin newspaper when he started covering the Marcellus Shale. Hopes for natural gas were high, and landmen could lease land for $5 an acre. Then came drilling accidents, divided communities, environmentalists’ outrage and a gusher of an industry PR campaign aimed at making people accept the risks in exchange for jobs and home-grown energy. Wilber has recorded a video trailer for his book.