xii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-346) and index.
"Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas. Wenonah Hauter, one of the nation's leading public interest advocates, argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Frackopoly describes how the fracking industry began; the technologies that make it possible; and the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits, creating what the author calls "sacrifice zones" across the American landscape. The book also examines the powerful interests that have supported fracking, including leading environmental groups, and offers a thorough debunking of its supposed economic benefits. With a wealth of new data, Frackopoly is essential and riveting reading for anyone interested in protecting the environment and ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans"-- Provided by publisher.
In the beginning... -- Setting the stage -- The natural gas heist -- Seeking the roots of the frackopoly -- The frackopoly comes to power -- The road to ruin -- Mitchell makes a fortune -- Devon: big fish polluting a small pond -- Chesapeake Energy: high-rolling fracking drama -- When will the Bakken boom go bust for good? -- Poisonous legacy in Wyoming -- Politics, betrayal, and broken communities -- Sacrifice zones in the Keystone State -- Not a drop left to drink -- The real cost of fracking infrastructure -- Exxon: more powerful than ever -- The climate change heist -- Pollution trading: a shell game -- Hard-fought victory in New York -- The ban movement grows, stretching coast to coast -- A global movement to ban fracking -- The way forward.
Online version: Hauter, Wenonah, author. Frackopoly. New York : The New Press, 2016 9781620970171 (DLC) 2016000020
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