“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
Dr. Walter M. Brasch is an American professor and social issues journalist. Dr. Brasch's latest work is a 2013 publication called Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting With Disaster.In this work, Brasch digs into the natural gas industry and extracts the truth about fracking. The author's investigation concludes that errors made by the natural gas industry have caused significant public health and environmental problems while delving into their effect on agriculture, wildlife, and livestock.
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.
"An exceptional writer" — Michael Blake, Oscar(R)-winner for Dances With Wolves
"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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