Wilber’s talk, “Gas Rush: A Reporter’s Perspective” provides an overview of high volume hydraulic fracturing and related 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.
This event is sponsored by Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy, Kendal residents’ Environmental Concerns Committee, and Oberlin College Anti-Frack in conjunction with Ecolympics. For more information contact John Elder, 440-774-2947.
Wilber 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 left the newspaper in 2010 to write full time about shale gas development. The resulting book, Under the Surface, Fracking Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, was published this spring by Cornell University Press. It was recently selected as a finalist in the 2013 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. An updated edition is expected out early next year.
Wilber now tracks current events related to shale as development in his blog, Shale Gas Review. Wilber holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MA in journalism from Syracuse University's SI New House School. He has taught various journalism courses as an adjunct at Binghamton University.
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