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When the well water on Louis Meeks’ ranch turned brown and oily, he suspected that the thousands of natural gas wells dotting the once-empty Wyoming landscape were somehow to blame. The hard part was proving it. Meeks’ struggle to get the energy companies to take responsibility, meticulously documented through three years of investigative reporting by ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten, coincide with a national uproar over the oil and gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing – a technology that promises to open large new energy supplies, perhaps at the expense of the nation’s water.
Great Reportage, 25 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Hydrofracked? One Man's Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling (Kindle Edition)
In this country this is something that is not probably well known. In places like the US though where there are gas deposits underground the use of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking' as it is often called, is quite widespread. If you look on the website of the organisation that published this you will find diagrams of how fracking works, as well as other websites, if you search the web.
This report follows one man in Wyoming, whose well started giving out dirty water, that didn't seem right. Trying to dig for another well further away, also resulted in problems, especially when a leakage of gas blew the water sky high.
This is only a short book as such, about forty odd pages long, and it talks about fracking, reports of problems that have occured and how it has affected people. Admittedly this won't be considered as great reading by most people, but it is most definitely thought provoking. In the US this is still controversial stuff that is still being discussed and researched, and it is good to be able to come across a well written report that tries to cram in as much information as possible in a short publication, without getting too technical and over people's heads.