Seneca Resource's Rob Boulware leads Shale Country Institute fellows on a tour of the company's "Ensign 125" well pad in northwestern Pennsylvania.Seneca Resource’s Rob Boulware leads Shale Country Institute fellows on a tour of the company’s “Ensign 125″ well pad in northwestern Pennsylvania. See recaps of our look at oil and gas exploration on our blog, The Nooze! Read dispatches from the road and learn about drilling, “fracking,” refining and more.

News Stories

Sea Change: Ocean Acidification,Craig Welch
by Craig Welch (High Country 2007, Pacific Northwest 2000), Seattle Times, September, 2013.

Osha Gray DavidsonThe Great Burning: How Wildfires are Threatening the West,
by Osha Gray Davidson (Crown of the Continent 2013), Rolling Stone, August, 2013.

Isabelle GrocUnderstanding the Narwhal: Ten Part Series,
by Isabelle Groc (Great Waters 2006, Puget Sound 2009), Georgia Straight, 2013.

Sam EatonFood for 9 Billion,
Sam Eaton, contributor (Pacific Northwest 2000), Center for Investigative Reporting, Public Radio International, 2013.

fellow_BrettWaltonFood vs. Water: High Commodity Prices Complicate Aquifer Protection in Colorado’s San Luis Valley,
by Brett Walton (Energy Country 2011), Circle of Blue, January 12, 2012.

fellow_SusanBenceWaukesha’s Diversion Plan
by Susan Bence (Great Waters 2011), WUVM, August 25, 2011.



Golden Shore_HelvargThe Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea
(February 2013), by David Helvarg (Savannah River 1999, Acadia 1998). From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean. Author David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego/Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.

Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California’s majestic coastline and ocean. A Denver Post bestseller, and named one of Booklists’ “Top Ten Literary Travel Books” of 2013.

Pandora's Lunchbox_WarnerPandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
(February 2013), by Melanie Warner (Great Waters 2004). In the tradition of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma comes a fascinating and cutting-edge look at the scary truth about what really goes into our food. If a piece of individually wrapped cheese can retain its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed to our children? Former New York Times business reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that took her to research labs, university food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening—and sometimes disturbing—account of what we’re really eating. Warner looks at how decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most abundant, most addictive, and most nutritionally inferior food in the world, and she uncovers startling evidence about the profound health implications of the packaged and fast foods that we eat on a daily basis.

Traveling the Power Line_CouchTraveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy
(March 2013), by Julianne Couch (Wisconsin Watersheds 2012). In our power-hungry world, all the talk about energy—what’s safe and what’s risky, what’s clean and what’s dirty, what’s cheap and what’s easy—tends to generate more heat than light. What, Julianne Couch wanted to know, is the real story on power production in this country? Approaching the question as a curious consumer, Couch takes us along as she visits nine sites where electrical power is developed from different fuel sources. From a geothermal plant in the Mojave Desert to a nuclear plant in Nebraska, from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant to a Maine tidal-power project, Couch gives us an insider’s look at how power is generated, how it affects neighboring landscapes and the people who live and work there, and how each source comes with its own unique complications.