Under the Surface [ ebook / Ebook ] ✓ Tom Wilber

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D rush a gas rush with profound ramifications for environmental policy energy markets political dynamics and the lives of the people living in the Marcellus region Under the Surface is the first book length journalistic overview of shale gas development and the controversies surrounding itControl over drilling rights is at stake in the heart of Marcellus country northeast Pennsylvania and central New York The decisions by landowners to work with or against the companies and the resulting environmental and economic conseuences are scrutinized by neighbors faced with similar decisions by residents of cities whose water supply originates in the exploration area and by those living across state lines with differing attitudes and policies concerning extraction industries Wilber's evenhanded treatment gives a voice to all constituencies The geopolitics of fossil fuels or hydrocarbons as they are sometimes called often takes place in or is intimately entwined with the Middle East now enter the Marcellus Shale region and watch the dynamics of economics politics conservation and day to day human needs and desires play out in Pennsylvania and New York states Wilber s book chronicles the evolution of the shale find and the ability of companies to utilise technologies such as hydraulic fracturing referred to as fracking to help the US secure its desire for oil independence The period covers roughly 1999 to 2011 which saw Wilber a journalist from the Binghamton Press Sun Bulletin spend considerable time learning about the Marcellus find and its conseuences for locals His book deserves credit for seeking to understand and depict the differing and strongly contested views about fracking In particular he provides useful insights into the opportunities and challenges of local politics which communities in the US and elsewhere should heed His book would be a welcome read for those studying policy as well as those concerned about protecting their rights as land owners There are also very useful sections detailing the impacts of fracking and associated mining activities which will be of value to anyone whose government or localnational industry is heralding as safe There are always conseuences to mineral exploitation the real uestion is whether one is prepared to accept those conseuences A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the current shale mining industry fracking or the complex politics of local state and national politics

summary Under the Surface

Under the Surface

Running from southern West Virginia through eastern Ohio across central and northeast Pennsylvania and into New York through the Southern Tier and the Catskills the Marcellus Shale formation underlies a sparsely populated region that features striking landscapes critical watersheds and a struggling economic base It also contains one of the world's largest supplies of natural gas a resource that has been dismissed as inaccessible until recently Technological developments that combine horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing fracking have removed physical and economic barriers to extracting hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of gas from bedrock deep below the Appalachian basin Beginning in 2006 the first successful Marcellus gas wells by Range Resources combined with a spike in the value of natural gas spurred a modern day gol This book was a fairly objective portrayal of the recent gas rush i enjoyed it for the information provided The writing was a bit thick and the timeline a bit screwy Overall I would recommend it to someone interested in the topic but someone uninterested in environmental issues would probably lose interest very insightful

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Including farmers and landowners tempted by the prospects of wealth but wary of the conseuences policymakers struggling with divisive issues and activists coordinating campaigns based on their respective visions of economic salvation and environmental ruin Wilber describes a landscape in which the battle over the Marcellus ranges from the very local yard signs proclaiming landowners' allegiances for or against shale gas development to often conflicting municipal state and federal legislation intended to accelerate delay or discourage explorationFor millions of people with a direct stake in shale gas exploration in the Marcellus or any number of other emerging shale resources in the United States and worldwide or for those concerned about the global energy outlook Under the Surface offers a worthwhile and engaging look at the issu Under the Surface is your best bet at learning as much as you can about the Marcellus shale gas development of the past decade in 220 pages from everything you wanted to know to everything you didn t to things you didn t even imagine you would have wanted or not wanted to knowWilber s sources and experiences are comprehensive and come from both advocates and opponents of the natural gas industry He weaves these all together to paint a picture of what the state of energy independence development looks like in the Northeast and likely in other places where hydraulic fracturing has been put into effect the West the South and coming to a community near you In many ways he leaves it to you to form an opinion on the controversial issue and he doesn t leave out one thing when it comes to depicting the idea of wealth beyond comprehension that landowners were offered or the suffering at the exploitative hands of the industry whether that means lack of access to clean water home air contamination or even exploding houses and wells


10 thoughts on “Under the Surface

  1. says:

    Again I read this for bookclub a group of women very involved with environmental issues and as we live in the heart of the Marcellus Shale gas industry are very concerned about the problems associated with this industry Much in the book was f

  2. says:

    A dense well documented account of drilling in the Marcellus Shale Wilber's strength is that he tells the recent history of drillingfracking in the Marcellus by looking at the Southern Tier of New York State where fracking is still under review by the NYS government and North Eastern Pennsylvania particularly Dimock Because Pennsylvania has embrace fracking and there are few regulations or enforceable regulations Wilber is able to

  3. says:

    This book was a fairly objective portrayal of the recent gas rush i enjoyed it for the information provided The writing was a bit thick and the timeline a bit screwy Overall I would recommend it to someone interested in the topic but someone uninterested in environmental issues would probably lose interest very insightful

  4. says:

    Being considered for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

  5. says:

    The geopolitics of fossil fuels or hydrocarbons as they are sometimes called often takes place in or is intimately entwined with the Middle East now enter the Marcellus Shale region and watch the dynamics of economics politics conservation and day to day human needs and desires play out in Pennsylvania and New York states Wilber's book chron

  6. says:

    I picked up this book from my library as I was borrowing another Prior to reading this book I knew nothing about the Marcellus Shale fracking issues except that it was controversial After reading this book I am aware of the issues but I would still say that I don't have an informed opinion Wilber did a great job chronicling the fracking industry as it pertained to New York and Pennsylvania His story tracks sev

  7. says:

    Under the Surface is your best bet at learning as much as you can about the Marcellus shale gas development of the past decade in 220 pages from

  8. says:

    An edifying

  9. says:

    Very interesting well written book Keep in mind this is a non fiction Some of the book gets a little technical but I think must in order to desc

  10. says:

    This was a very informative book not just from the aspect of how fracking works but from how people are affected by fracking and whether or not this method is worth looking into as a way to obtain natural gas I wish I could

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