"Under the Surface: FRACKING, FORTUNES, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale" by Tom Wilber

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th Street, Between 6th and 7th Ave, NYC

A Conversation and Book-Signing with Tom Wilber about his new book. Come by Revolution Books this afternoon to talk with Tom Wilber about his ground-breaking book exposing fracking in Pennsylvania and New York state.

Tom Wilber is in town because his book has been nominated for the New York Public Library's Annual Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence In Journalism (one of 5 books including Katherine Boo's "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" and "Spillover" by David Quammen).

"Tom Wilber's recently-published book is often described as an "even-handed" account of the ongoing controversy over high-volume hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') of shale gas in Marcellus country--northeast Pennsylvania and central New York. He's been a reporter for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and he introduces you to representatives from the gas industry, government 'regulators,' anti-fracking activists, farmers agonizing over selling mining rights to their land, and people living on land that's been fracked.

"But screaming out from the reams of information, reports of town hall meetings, and up-close stories of people enduring fracking: the horrific nightmare now being uncorked by the insatiable U.S. gas industry. Although this book can be a page-turner, it's so disturbing you may have to read it in short shifts. Wilber soberly sticks to the facts, the chronicle, but the picture that's conjured for me: Stick huge forks into the earth, pour in poisonous chemicals, stand back as gas + whatever else spew out, forever despoiling water, soil, air of a previously green countryside... witness gas companies hitting jackpot. This modern-day Hades is sold as 'the new source of clean energy' in late-imperialist U.S. Yet one more reason we need revolution."
-- Connie Julian, staff, Revolution Books

"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 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."
- Bill McKibben, "Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet"

Revolution Books / Libros RevoluciĆ³n is open daily noon to 7pm

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