The Real Cost of Fracking

The Real Cost of Fracking

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

eBook - 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" The extraction of natural gas by fracking has become an increasingly visible and contentious issue. Fracked gas is being touted across the land and at the highest levels as the nation's answer to energy independence, a fix for the flagging economy and high unemployment, and a way to combat global warming with "clean energy." Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe. In The Real Cost of Fracking, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald give the other side of the story. They have documented dozens of cases of contamination at drilling sites across the country, where people, pets, and livestock can't drink their water or breathe their air without getting sick. Bamberger and Oswald explore the health effects on living creatures, putting a face on the consequences of fracking by telling the heartrending stories of affected families. This probing and disturbing study will appeal to those interested in this burgeoning form of energy, as well as in issues of public health, environmental justice, and the safety of our food supply.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780807084946
0807084948
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Oswald, Robert 1953-

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rpavlacic
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.

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StarGladiator
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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