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The Perils and Promise of Fracking


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On Monday, April 9, ProPublica and the Tenement Museum will co-sponsor an in-depth conversation about fracking.  A panel featuring representatives from the media, the drilling industry, a former state regulator and an environmental lawyer will discuss whether the process is the answer to America’s energy needs, or whether we should slow down and learn more about the potential environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing.

Steve Curwood, the host and executive producer of Public Radio International’s Living on Earth, will moderate the panel, which will include:

Abrahm Lustgarten – reporter for ProPublica and author of the forthcoming “Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster;”

Mark Boling – executive vice president, general counsel & secretary at Southwestern Energy;

Stu Gruskin – former executive deputy commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and currently an environmental consultant; and

Deborah Goldberg – managing attorney for Earthjustice.

The Investigate This Tenement Talk will take place at 6:30pm Eastern at the Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street (at Delancey).  The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP on our Facebook page if you plan to join us. 

If you can’t make it in person, the conversation will be live streamed on U-Stream and you can ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag #pttalks or emailing them to [email protected]

As fracking continues to be met with cheers and jeers as its use expands across the country, we hope you’ll join us for this important discussion.

Mike Webb

Mike Webb was the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.

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