Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking,
is a controversial topic. The sophisticated extraction process has opened up
new sources of natural gas for energy use and has been welcomed by many. At the
same time, it has come under fire by environmentalists and landowners for its
impact on water quality and other aspects of the environment. Some states and
countries have banned the process completely. Here, in Pennsylvania,
fracking a geological formation known as the Marcellus Shale has left its
imprint, both positive and negative, on the northern and southwestern areas of
the state as well as politics in the State Capitol. Local author, Sherry
Knowlton, did considerable research about fracking for her novel, Dead
of Spring. In this talk, she'll discuss the pros and cons of fracking
and bring attendees up to date on its status in the Commonwealth.
Event Type(s): Library Program
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