The Real Cost of Fracking

The Real Cost of Fracking

How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food

Book - 2014
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A pharmacologist and a veterinarian pull back the curtain on the human and animal health effects of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"

Across the country, fracking-the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing-is being touted as the nation's answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out are marginalized, their silence purchased by gas companies and their warnings about the dangers of fracking stifled.

The Real Cost of Fracking pulls back the curtain on how this toxic process endangers the environment and harms people, pets, and livestock. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a pharmacologist, combine their expertise to show how contamination at drilling sites translates into ill health and heartbreak for families and their animals. By giving voice to the people at ground zero of the fracking debate, the authors vividly illustrate the consequences of fracking and issue an urgent warning to all of us- fracking poses a dire threat to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even our food supply.

Bamberger and Oswald reveal the harrowing experiences of small farmers who have lost their animals, their livelihoods, and their peace of mind, and of rural families whose property values have plummeted as their towns have been invaded by drillers. At the same time, these stories give us hope, as people band together to help one another and courageously fight to reclaim their communities.

The debate over fracking speaks to a core dilemma of contemporary life- we require energy to live with modern conveniences, but what degree of environmental degradation, health risks, and threats to our food supply are we willing to accept to obtain that energy? As these stories demonstrate, the stakes couldn't be higher, and this is an issue that none of us can afford to ignore.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780807084939
Branch Call Number: 363.1791 B2195R 2014
Characteristics: xiii, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Oswald, Robert 1953-


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Oct 31, 2014

Fracking may seem to be the only way for North America to become energy independent, but it is coming at a huge price - especially to the security of our food supply. Evidence people's water and animals are being poisoned and their personal healths are endangered are not anecdotal if it happens over and over again where fracking occurs. Given this part of the world sits right on top of the Utica shale, it definitely has implications for us. It's not just the damage being done that's infuriating as is the flaring of gas (when oil is found) cheating landowners and governments of royalties that rightfully belong to them.

Oct 02, 2014

A fantastic must-read book, of the dangers immediately faced by money [and not just in America] posed by the fracking process. A new enterovirus, reminiscent of polio - - an older enterovirus - - has been confirmed in proximity to those areas where fracking is and has occurred. The fracking companies can legally withhold the chemicals used, yet they kill thousands of fish while the companies involved continue to claim that the substances used aren't injurious to humans! Contaminated and dirty water supplies have been a historical source of viruses and bacterial infections.


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