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.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog organization focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and fishing. She has worked and written extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state, and local levels. She owns a working farm in The Plains, Virginia.
Table of Contents
1 In the Beginning … 17
2 Setting the Stage 27
3 The Natural Gas Heist 34
4 Seeking the Roots of the Frackopoly 42
5 The Frackopoly Comes to Power 58
6 The Road to Ruin 66
7 Mitchell Makes a Fortune 83
8 Devon: Big Fish Polluting a Small Pond 94
9 Chesapeake Energy: High-Roiling Fracking Drama 107
10 When Will the Bakken Boom Go Bust for Good? 118
11 Poisonous Legacy in Wyoming 129
12 Politics, Betrayal, and Broken Communities 138
13 Sacrifice Zones in the Keystone State 151
14 Not a Drop Left to Drink 161
15 The Real Cost of Fracking Infrastructure 172
16 Exxon: More Powerful Than Ever 185
17 The Climate Change Heist 197
18 Pollution Trading: A Shell Game 207
19 Hard-Fought Victory in New York 227
20 The Ban Movement Grows, Stretching Coast to Coast 239
21 A Global Movement to Ban Tracking 260
22 The Way Forward 270