Slick Water

Slick Water

Fracking and One Insider's Stand Against the World's Most Powerful Industry

Book - 2015
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"From the author of Tar Sands comes the story of an oil and gas industry insider's determined stand to hold government and industry legally accountable for the damage fracking leaves in its wake. When Jessica Ernst's well water turned into a flammable broth that even her dogs refused to drink, the biologist and long-time oil patch consultant discovered that energy giant Encana had secretly fracked hundreds of gas wells around her home, piercing her community's drinking water aquifer. Her ongoing lawsuit against Encana, Alberta Environment, and the Energy Resources Conservation Board has made her a folk hero in many places worldwide where fracking is underway. Investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk interweaves Ernst's story with the science of fracking and stories of human and environmental repercussions left in its wake. Slick Water raises dramatic questions about the role of Big Oil in government and society's obsession with rapidly depleting supplies of unconventional oil and gas. Andrew Nikiforuk was one of the first journalists in North America to document the devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on rural communities"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2015]
Branch Call Number: 333.823 N692s
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: David Suzuki Foundation

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PennPal
Nov 27, 2015

Essential reading for anyone interested in our environment,
difficulties of getting governments to apply the law as written/intended.

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boogalou
Oct 26, 2015

This is a must read for anyone interested in how the oil and gas industry has hijacked the regulatory process. It shows to what lengths this industry will go to hide the truth of the insidious side of hydraulic fracturing. It's an epic tale of the strength and determination of Jessica Ernst, a modern day hero. This is one of Andrew Nikiforuk's best.

Everyone should read this book, but especially those who are naive enough to think industry and government are on our side. This is Nikiforuk's best to date. Tar Sands was also very good, but what makes this effort stand out is its focus on the incredible, indomitable Jessica Ernst. It also says a lot about media concentration that I'd never heard of this amazing woman. She's better known internationally than she is here in Canada.

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