Books, films chronicle Marcellus Shale gas rush

MARY ESCH Associated Press Published:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A new book by an upstate New York journalist joins a growing body of media chronicling the story of the Marcellus Shale natural gas rush made possible by the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Tom Wilber reported for the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin on the lucrative shale gas region before leaving the paper to work full-time on his book, "Under the Surface." It will be released by Cornell University Press on May 8.

Unlike some other shale gas works, notably Josh Fox's anti-industry film "Gasland," Wilber says he approached the project as a journalist rather than as an activist.

Fox's sequel, "Gasland 2," is due out this summer, along with a film called "FrackNation" that aims to debunk Fox's claims of environmental and health damage from gas drilling.