The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food

The Real Cost of Fracking How America s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families Pets and Food 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 hydr

  • Title: The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
  • Author: Michelle Bamberger Robert Oswald Sandra Steingraber
  • ISBN: 9780807084939
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, politA 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.

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    1. The reading is a little hard going because there is a great deal of technical analysis but it receives a high grade for exposing fracking in all its horrors. It features a number of interviews with those victimized by the corporate fracking monsters and their allies in government and regulatory agencies as pets, water, and the environment are destroyed all in the name of maximizing profits. Owners who are duped into leasing their land for royalties discover they absorb the long term costs after [...]

    2. This spelled out in often painful detail the effects of fracking on neighboring people and animals. Painful detail means difficult to read because unpleasant, not too much detail, although the book, by its nature, is very detailed. This book presents huge amounts of circumstantial evidence that fracking produces huge amounts of poisoning of people and animals resulting in many different diseases, and frequently affecting the reproductive system. Many animals had stillborn offspring or offspring [...]

    3. Shale gas drilling and the many faces of interdependence“The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food,” by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, got me thinking about interdependence, the reality that we are all connected through myriad threads, whether we acknowledge it or not. This book is full of gripping stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down by shale gas drilling in their pristine, rural communities. On one lev [...]

    4. Very interesting perspectiveI am not an anti progress anti jobs person. But Ms. Bamberger sheds light on how companies can move mountains yet people can't. Government regulatory requirements exist not to make life difficult but to keep people honest. Pumping chemicals into our ground that will kill us if exposed just doesn't make sense.

    5. In 2012, veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell University professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald published their study, “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health.” Their report documented cases studies with animal owners in Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In 24 cases they found evidence of animals affected by drilling and fracking operations. However their report received little media attention. So they wrote a book. In “The Real Cost of [...]

    6. Written by a veterinarian and a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell, this is a scathing attack on the "fracking" business that has taken over vast swaths of the Marcellus and Utica shale areas in Pennsylvania and New York, as well as several other areas of the country, particularly in the west. The authors describe the process of shale fracturing to obtain natural gas in some detail. But most of the book develops a picture of the process as it affects the people of the small towns and cou [...]

    7. This was a heartbreaking book to read, but essential. It tells the stories of American families accosted--really invaded--by multinational corporations who are uninterested in human beings or morals and with no allegiance to our country. They poison the environment, in the process making people sick, their animals and pets sick, and pollutiing our food supply. Frequently, they end up killing people and/or animals."We learned that our land could be drilled under and the gas extracted without our [...]

    8. This was a giveaway. I would be scared of having any drilling next to my property and even more so after reading this book. Unfortunately, it is also a classic story telling of we say this and they say "nothing" and there is not really enough pre site documentation to prove your point. The little guy has been wronged, but they can't prove it and not enough is done to remedy the situation, let alone acknowledge a situation even exists. The takeaway for me out of this is the proof that unregulate [...]

    9. Overall I would consider this in the vein of Erin Brokovich's case(s), albeit this is a more complex situation with even more people being impacted and many more chemicals. The book is not written poorly but it is not written in a terribly inviting way either. I think a layman would be able to digest much of the information but there is a great deal of scientific data, frustratingly much of it repetitive. The individual stories are heartbreaking and unfortunately only the tip of the fracking ice [...]

    10. Pretty clear who owns the PADER from reading this book! It's amazing how complicit our regulatory people are in car ringing out the orders from big corporate owned American government! Where has the integrity and simply to do the right gone! Our government is not for the majority but the minority rich in this country! Regulation and safety are meaningless to corporate oil companies rape and plunder this an every country for oil and gas!

    11. Never mind living near an extraction industry site & suffering the consequences under a legal structure which indicates why Libertarianism does not work for a society in the real world, now now the proprietary contents of fracking fluids & what else comes up with them will come to us through our supermarkets.Fan-freaking-tastic.

    12. Glad this was written, as a collection of testaments to the personal cost of fracking done badly. Yet the book was rushed and not carefully crafted.The echnical summary of how fracking work as an appendix is a good introduction.

    13. A very good book. More people need to read this book. Reading the personal stories of how fracking is impacting people is very eye-opening. Won this book from .

    14. i received this book for free through first reads.a little hard to read both because of the way that it is written and because of the hard truth it talks about.

    15. I won this book in a giveaway. It sheds light on various aspects of a huge environmental threat, and people need to learn about this stuff!

    16. A bit repetitious. The story all sound the same after a point. But the information made me more aware of what fracking is all about.

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