New York Times Reporter to Discuss Natural Gas Drilling Industry
Published on October 10, 2012
Ian Urbina, the New York Times reporter behind the award-winning 2011 “Drilling Down” series of investigative articles, will discuss “Oil And Gas Drilling: A New York Times Investigation” on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Susquehanna University’s Seibert Hall.
Urbina’s work examines elements of the natural gas drilling industry, including wastewater recycling, federal and state regulations, investment, and the effects of drilling on drinking water and property values. He will discuss the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” industry’s impact on the environment, on the people who live in fracking areas and on people working in the industry.
The lecture is sponsored by the departments of Sociology and Anthropology, English and Creative Writing, Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and History; the Legal Studies Program; the School of Arts and Sciences; the Sigmund Weis School of Business; the University Theme Committee; Diversity Studies; and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
“As home to the Marcellus Shale formation, Pennsylvania is a key site for those interested in or concerned about hydraulic fracturing,” said Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology, chair of the sociology/anthropology department and organizer of the event. “Residents of central Pennsylvania are urged to attend for an impartial presentation of the costs and benefits of this industry.”
Urbina holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago, and his writings have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Harper's and elsewhere.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Karen M. Jones