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Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cornell Univ Pr
Publication date May 8, 2012
Pages 272
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780801450167
ISBN-10 0801450160
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.95
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For the updated paperback edition of Under the Surface, Tom Wilber has written a new chapter and epilogue covering developments since the book's initial publication. Chief among these are the home rule movement and accompanying social and legal events leading up to an unprecedented ban of fracking in New York state, and the outcome of the federal EPA's investigation of water pollution just across the state border in Dimock, Pennsylvania. The industry, with powerful political allies, effectively challenged the federal government’s attempts to intervene in drilling communities in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas with water problems. But it met its match in a grassroots movement―known as "fractivism"―that sprouted from seeds sown in upstate New York community halls and grew into one of the state’s most influential environmental movements since Love Canal.

Wilber weaves a narrative tracing the consequences of shale gas development in northeast Pennsylvania and central New York through the perspective of various stakeholders. Wilber's evenhanded treatment explains how the revolutionary process of fracking has changed both access to our domestic energy reserves and the lives of people living over them.

He gives a voice to all constituencies, including farmers and landowners tempted by the prospects of wealth but wary of the consequences; policymakers struggling with divisive issues concerning free enterprise, ecology, and public health; and activists coordinating campaigns based on their respective visions of economic salvation and environmental ruin. Throughout the book, Wilber illustrates otherwise dense policy and legal issues in human terms and shows how ordinary people can affect extraordinary events.



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from Cornell Univ Pr (May 8, 2012)
9780801450167 | details & prices | 272 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $27.95
About: For the updated paperback edition of Under the Surface, Tom Wilber has written a new chapter and epilogue covering developments since the book's initial publication.
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from Cornell Univ Pr (June 30, 2015)
9780801456541 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.12 lbs | List price $19.95
About: In Under the Surface, Tom Wilber weaves a narrative tracing the consequences of shale gas development in northeast Pennsylvania and central New York through the perspective of various stakeholders.

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