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Environmental and Urban Studies Program presents

Environmental and Urban Studies Colloquium

Speaker: Tom Wilber

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The focus of the spring Environmental and Urban Studies Colloquium is: What does it mean to be an environmentalist? Prominent researchers in the field of environmental work, from activists to scholars, will present their work every week. Open to the public.

“Gas Rush: A Reporter’s Perspective.” Author Tom Wilber will provide an overview of high volume hydraulic fracturing and related issues, including lessons learned during the rush to develop the Marcellus Shale and Utica shales in northern Pennsylvania in 2008 through 2011. He will focus on rapidly changing current events and social influences that continue to play out -- market dynamics; the anti-fracking movement; Home Rule and other legal challenges; and local, state and national politics influencing regulations.

Wilber is the author of Under the Surface, Fracking Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale and has been in the newspaper business for more than 20 years, including 17 years with the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, covering business, health, and environment beats. He has reported on shale gas development in New York and Pennsylvania since 2008; and he was among the first reporters to provide daily coverage of events in Dimock Pennsylvania, which have since become iconic of the national controversy over fracking. For that, he won top honors in Best of Gannett beat reporting in 2010. He now tracks current events related to shale as development in his blog, Shale Gas Review.

For more information, call 845-758-7600 x6020, e-mail rogers@bard.edu,
or visit http://eus.bard.edu/.

Location: Olin, Room 102