Local author releases book on fracking

SUNBURY –  “The natural gas boom is a bust,” so says a local retired journalism professor. Dr. Walter Brasch has released a new book; Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster.  Brasch said he wasn’t interested in writing about natural gas drilling until Pennsylvania got involved.

He said one thing he tries to bring out in the book is the false sense of a booming economy, “If you have no other way of knowing whether our economy is booming or not because of the gas industry and all of the jobs that they promised to bring into Pennsylvania, go to a gas field and look at the license plates on the cars and the trucks.  They are all Texas and Oklahoma.  They are not Pennsylvania,” he said.

Brasch said the health concerns were a huge factor in making him want to write the book.  “When the state created legislation, in the 200 page bill was a section that we refer to as the ‘medical gag act.’  That is what really upset me,” he said.  “If I have an illness and I live near a well and I go to my doctor  and the doctor says ‘I have a suspicion, why don’t I go to the gas companies’… the gas companies don’t have to tell them what is in the frac fluid.”

Brasch will be having a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Lewisburg sometime in September.  He was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program Wednesday.  You can learn more about Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster by downloading the program.  (Codi Jade)

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