Flyer for Dimiter Kenarov's Kent State University visit.
An oil rig in Wejherowo, Poland. Image by Dimiter Kenarov. Poland, 2012.

Pulitzer Center journalist Dimiter Kenarov shares findings from his reporting on the costs and benefits of shale gas, which he reported on from the United States and Europe, during Kent State University's Global Communication Issues Forum.

Kenarov will join Akron Beacon Journal environmental reporter and Kent State alum Bob Downing, and Kent State professors of geology, Donald F. Palmer and Yoram Eckstein, for a discussion on the global promises and dangers of shale gas extraction by the controversial method known as fracking.

Downing, who has been writing for the Akron Beacon Journal since 1972, has expertise in the areas of oil and the environment, and currently covers the environment, parks and outdoors sections for the paper. He graduated from Kent State and has taught journalism part-time at both Kent State and Cuyahoga Community College. Palmer is interim dean of the University's Honors College and is the former director of the Water Resources Research Institute at Kent State. Eckstein's research interests include general hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, and contaminant hydrogeology, and geothermics.

Wednesday, February 20
7:00pm
Kent State University
KIVA Auditorium
Risman Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242

Please see the Kent State University website for more details. This event is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by the Kent State University School of Communication Studies and the Pulitzer Center. It is part of Kenarov's two-day visit to the university through the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium initiative. Reporting for Kenarov's project, Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania, was funded by the Pulitzer Center and by Calkins Media, publisher of Shale Reporter.

Project

Shale gas is an energy phenomenon not just in a broad swath of the United States but in places like eastern Europe, too. In both regions there is a tangled mix of hopes, hype, and concern.

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