A far reaching discussion with ace reporter and author Colin Jerolmack on his fascinating new book, Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town. He has expertly captured one of the most complex subjects with great nuance and beautiful prose.

Colin Jerolmack is a environmental sociologist and a professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at New York University. His book, Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town is an intimate, ethnographic account of what happens when one of the most momentous decisions about the well-being of our communities and our planet—whether or not to extract shale gas and oil from the very land beneath our feet—is largely a private choice that millions of ordinary people make without the public’s consent. Based on time spent living in a rural Pennsylvania community, the book documents the dramatic confrontation between personal sovereignty and the public good that unfolds from the fact that landowners have the right to lease the subsurface of their property for oil and gas development.

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