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Covering Hydraulic Fracking and Its Impact on Economy and Environment

About This Course

Advances in hydraulic fracturing and drilling technology have allowed energy companies to access vast deposits of crude oil and natural gas, leading to one of the most significant energy booms in U.S. history.

You will become more comfortable with "fracking" terms and facts, get story ideas, and learn where to find new sources.

Find out why "fracking" has become big news in recent years, with cities in oil and gas fields experiencing a boom along with it. This has boosted the local economy and led to the creation of new jobs. But all the production comes with environmental consequences, pitting concerned residents against the full might of the oil and gas industry.


Bobby Magill: Webinar Presentaion

What Will I Learn?

  • What hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is and how it works
  • How fracking has led to the current oil and gas boom, and what it means for local economies
  • The environmental impacts of fracking: What we know, what we don't and why it matters
  • How local communities seeing oil and gas development for the first time are dealing with the boom, both legally and socially

Who Should Take this Course?

Anyone who covers a region affected by oil and gas development and production or is interested in fracking's environmental consequences and its contribution to economic boom and bust, and energy independence.

Course Instructor

Bobby Magill

Bobby Magill

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central, focusing on energy and climate change. Prior to joining Climate Central, Bobby covered Western energy and environmental issues as a freelance writer for Popular Mechanics and as an award-winning reporter for the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction, Colorado.

His work has appeared in USA Today, High Country News, and other publications. His coverage of oil and gas drilling and fracking at the Coloradoan earned a commendation from the Columbia Journalism Review as a "model for other reporters on this beat in the West and beyond." A former Colorado and New Mexico wilderness guide and a South Carolina native, Magill holds a B.A. in Communications with a specialization in Mass Media from the College of Charleston (S.C.).


Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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