Author of Fracking Bestseller to Appear at Library
Journalist and national bestselling author Seamus McGraw will be at “Fracking Facts” at the Ohio County Public Library on Monday December 12 at 7 PM. He will then present a second program on Tuesday, December 13 at noon at the library’s Lunch With Books series. At 3 PM on the 13th, McGraw will stop at Books-a Million at the Highlands for a book signing. A bestselling author of national renown, McGraw will discuss his new book, The End of Country, about the battle that ensued after the discovery of Marcellus gas deposits. The conflict pitted corporate America against locals determined to extract their fair share of the windfall-but not at the cost of their way of life. McGraw, a native of the region whose own mother was one of the first to receive a leasing offer, tells the story of the cutthroat dash by petrodollar billionaires to secure drilling leases that will make some poor residents rich, and put the entire community at risk of having its land and water contaminated. About the book, Tom Brokaw said, "The End of Country" is an elegantly written and unsettling account of what can happen when big energy companies come calling in rural America. This cautionary tale should be required reading for all those tempted by the calling cards of easy money and precarious peace of mind. The result too often is bitter feuds, broken dreams, a shattered landscape."