It’s no surprise the words “Marcellus Shale” are being spoken by many people in different households along the eastern part of the country. With the recent technology advancements, natural gas is being extracted from this Shale rock at a rapid pace.
With these advancements taking place, the media is bound to get involved – and it surely has with newly released books, movies, and documentaries on Marcellus Shale.
“Under the Surface” by Tom Wilber, tells the stories of winners, losers, industry gas leaders, and regulators in the Marcellus Shale world.
Books and documentaries have a long history of informing debate on environmental issues and the tradition continues this summer with the growing collection of media telling the Marcellus Shale gas story.
“Gasland 2” will be debuting this year to coincide with the election season. It’s an HBO funded sequel to Josh Fox’s Emmy award winning documentary, “Gasland.” The iconic moment of this movie showcases a man who is able to light his faucet on fire, due to the Marcellus Shale drilling.
Also up and coming is “FrackNation,” a movie made by a California couple that attempts to debunk Fox’s portrayal of health and environmental ruin.
It is clear that problems have been found and the industry is accountable for these problems. But, how much will the media affect the opinions of landowners everywhere? While all impressions are not negative, the media captures a large amount of negative feedback from owners and it is up to the viewer to create his or her own opinion.