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A journalistic coup in the vein of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.  —Carolyn Howard-Johnson, HoJo News

Informed and informative, Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster should be considered mandatory reading by environ-mentalists and politicians, but most especially by non-specialist general readers with an interest in protecting American ground water for the sake of the children, their grandchildren, and so many generations to come. Simply stated, Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster should be a core addition to all community and academic library Environmental Issues reference collections.­                  Jack Mason, Midwest Book Review

 

 [Fracking America] is a detailed description of dollar signs tattooed on the eyelids of politicians who, thus blinded to any potential physical or economic danger, cleared the way for a huge industry to operate virtually unhampered in the so-called ‘Mar-cellus Shale play.’ Painstakingly researched and readable, it is a narrative worth reading by fracking supporters, opponents and anyone who reports on the subject. [It] is an indispensible resource for any student of energy production history or reporter of current environmental and political affairs—or anyone who wants to know more about the natural gas industry than has been exposed by either the general media or the politicians who help protect it.­—John Messeder, Gettysburg (Pa.) Times

     

 “This is one of the best books to really drill down into what fracking is all about, wherever you live. One really great thing is his painstaking research into the many social impacts of fracking. . . . Recommended for anyone facing fracking, and everyone concerned about this wrong-turn industry.” —Alex Smith, EcoShock Radio Network

 A remarkable piece of work, and a great resource for anyone working on the issue.”  —Joe Uehlein, labor/environmental activist and musician.

 

    “[This book] is woven together in a cohesive way that takes the reader through the complexities of issues surrounding shale gas drilling. If you are not alarmed and fearful while reading Brasch’s book, you are not sufficiently engaging its content. If I were teaching a course on environmental ethics, Brasch’s books would be on the reading list.  —The Rev. Leah Schade, EcoWatch

 

 

“Fracking Pennsylvania is a must read for every Pennsylvanian and anyone living in the frack zones across the world.  –Shale Shock Media

 

“Fracking Pennsylvania is simply the best thing on fracking I have seen. The fact that Dr. Brasch is careful in his fact-checking does not mean that he lacks aggressiveness in the pursuit of wrong-doing. On the contrary, he does not take his eye off the quarry.” —Chuck Brown, editor, Common Sense 2.


“Fracking Pennsylvania is an indispensable book for anyone who wants to understand natural gas fracking and the environmental risks it presents. But it is the politics of fracking, of how Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.) essentially sold the state to the natural gas industry for beads and trinkets (and $1.8 million in donations to his political campaigns) that will cause the greatest outrage. Walter M. Brasch has done a public service by creating a devastating and coherent account of how Texas and Oklahoma energy kingpins got their way in Pennsylvania. The gas boom has brought lower natural gas and electricity prices, but at what cost to our future?”
DAVID DeKOK, Fire Underground: the Ongoing Tragedy of the Centralia Mine Fire; Unseen Danger: A Tragedy of People, Government, and Centralia; The Epidemic: A Collusion of Power, Privilege, and Public Health.


“Walter Brasch has presented the many complicated issues surrounding shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania in a clear, easy to understand manner without oversimplifying them. Fracking Pennsylvania is packed with information every Pennsylvanian—and everyone living in any area being drilled or likely to be drilled by the gas industry—needs to know about the environmental, public health and safety, and economic risks this dangerous practice poses.”
—Karen Feridun, founder, Berks Gas Truth


“Dr. Brasch has meticulously researched the issues behind hydraulic fracture mining (fracking) in all its complexity: geologic, environmental, social, economic and political. Shale gas being touted more and more as the greener energy of our future makes this book an essential reader for anyone who wants to safeguard their health and the environment.”
—Carol Terracina Hartman, environmental journalist


Fracking Pennsylvania in the Media
Book Review
EcoWatch
02/28/13
The Rev. Leah Schade

Bloggers
NO FRACKING WAY: a blog for New York and Pennsylvania
by ShaleShockMedia.org
02/28/13

Read Here

Dispatches From the Home Planet
JohnMesseder.com
10/08/2013
Read Here

Radio Shows
The Neil Haley Show (Pennsylvania)
09/15/14
Listen to the podcast here


EcoShock Radio Network/ KNEW-AM (San Francisco)
01/12/14
Listen to the podcast here


Chris Cook on CFUV-FM (Victoria- Canada)
06/10/2013

The Michelle Jackson Show on KRXA
03/10/13



Spinola Speaks, Republic Network

National Talk Radio. Host Sean Prophet
03/24/13 
Speeches 
04/11/2013
Speech Drinking Liberally. Reading, PA. Published byCommon Sense 2  

Fracking – Economic Godsend, or Environmental Hell?

The Neil Haley Show Walter Brasch interview

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 Before The First Snow: Stories From the Revolution, looks at the counterculture of America from 1964 to Jan. 15, 1991, the eve of the Persian Gulf War. Underlying plot themes look at nuclear energy, the environment, the anti-war/peace movement, civil rights, worker rights, and the American mass media. Its topics are as relevant now as they were a generation ago.

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"First-rate fiction that explores and contemplates modern American history, culture, politics and journalism. A rare combination of excellent fiction-writing and deep thought. Wonderful story-telling interwoven with sharp insights about our times and culture. There are so many fresh sunbursts of thought in this book that I lost count. What Brasch and his characters have to say about the intermingling of corporate and government power alone makes this book worth reading—but it is rich in illumination of many other important issues we all should be pondering. You can’t put it down while reading it, and can’t forget it after you’ve finished it. Dan Rather


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