BOOK REVIEW: Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber

Review by Rachel Ehrenberg

By Science News, 12:48 PM August 23, 2012

Deep in the earth, from eastern Ohio through West Virginia, Pennsylvania and upstate New York, lies the Marcellus Shale, a nearly 400-million-year-old geologic formation harboring vast quantities of natural gas. That statement isn’t up for debate, which makes it rare in the divisive discussions about the rush for gas — and particularly about hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract it (see Page 20).

Wilber covered natural gas exploration as a reporter for the Binghamton, N.Y., Pres...

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