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The Real Cost of Fracking

How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
Bamberger, Michelle (Book - 2014 )
The Real Cost of Fracking
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A veterinarian and a Cornell University molecular medicine professor present a cautionary assessment of the consequences of hydraulic fracturing that documents numerous cases of drilling-site contamination linked to human and animal illnesses.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a cautionary assessment of the consequences of hydraulic fracturing that documents numerous cases of drilling-site contamination linked to human and animal illnesses.

Authors: Bamberger, Michelle
Title: The real cost of fracking
how America's shale gas boom is threatening our families, pets, and food
Statement of Responsibility: Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald ; foreword by Sandra Steingraber
Publisher: Boston [Massachusetts] :, Beacon Press,, [2014]
Branch Call Number: 363.1791 BAM
Characteristics: xiii, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Families and their pets
Sarah and Josie : violated families
Samantha and Jesse : shattered dreams
Ann and Andrew : reluctant refugees
Fracking, farming, and our food supply
Mary and Charlie : quarantined cattle
Sharon and Wade : disrespect of farmers and farming
Environmental justice
Claire and Jason : forsaken community
Epilogue : where do we go from here?
Appendix : a primer on gas drilling
Subject Headings: Hydraulic fracturing Environmental aspects United States Shale gas industry Environmental aspects United States Gas well drilling Environmental aspects United States Pets Effect of stress on
Topical Term: Hydraulic fracturing
Shale gas industry
Gas well drilling
Pets
Additional Contributors: Oswald, Robert - 1953-
ISBN: 9780807084939
080708493X
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-216) and index
LCCN: 2014000487
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