Unpacking The Myths About Fracking

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On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, WOUB’s Director and General Manager Tom Hodson talks with Abrahm Lustgarten, investigative reporter on energy and environmental issues for ProPublica.

Formerly of Fortune Magazine, Lustgarten has also appeared in such predominant publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, and Esquire.

In recent years, Lustgarten has honed his focus on the topic of shale gas extraction, and specifically, the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”.

“I’ve never worked on a story before where there was such consistency, and such a remarkable continuity, between the problems people were experiencing in different places. And the only commonality that I see, that’s most consistent, is that wells are being drilled using the fracturing process”, says Lustgarten.

In 2012, Lustgarten’s Emmy-nominated documentary on BP and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill led to the publication of his second book, Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

Lustgarten was in Athens to speak at the 5th annual Schuneman Symposium about the myths of “fracking”.