Because hydraulic fracturing or fracking of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania is a major environmental controversy that gets a great deal of media coverage, it has been the ideal subject for a research and writing project in a Lehigh course called "Environment, the Public and the Mass Media." In the fall of 2012 and 2013, the students’ intense study culminated in a series of research papers, each on an aspect of the fracking controversy, written to serve as a Web guide for readers. In 2013, the students also produced short videos about their research findings. As part of their Marcellus research projects, they went on a field trip, heard from guest speakers and conducted interviews. View the results of these projects at “Drilling Down on Marcellus Shale: Insights into Fracking.”
Three Lehigh students discuss
their fracking research projects.