GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

McGraw "The End of Country"


Seamus McGraw grew up pitching hay and spreading manure on the same fields the gas companies are now prospecting, and he still lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. McGraw is a freelance writer who has published extensively on the drilling industry in his home state.

You can read more of his coverage of the Marcellus Shale here:

Pittsburgh Quarterly articles:

Workers wanted: the Marcellus Shale

Marcellus Shale: A Tricky Situation

Click on the image below to watch an interview with the author.

As you read and reflect, consider these questions:

  • What different conflicting reactions do McGraw and his family and neighbors have to the gas industry?
  • What risks and benefits to natural gas extraction does McGraw identify?
  • How do you think you would respond if you were approached by a landman about leasing rights to your land to a drilling company?
  • Can you think of regulations that, if enforced, would help protect the rights of land owners? That would help protect the environment? That would help protect jobs and the local economy?