Summary of The Real Cost of Fracking

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

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The Real Cost of Fracking book summary
Fracking generates natural gas, but poses serious risks to humans, animals and the environment.


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This well-researched report details the environmental and human cost of hydraulic fracturing with firsthand stories of people, animals and places that have experienced shocking harm from fracking and its chemicals. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and scientist Robert Oswald worked hard to uncover these tales, which are usually shrouded in silence. When the fracking industry pays people for ruined health or damaged homes, land or animals, they demand nondisclosure agreements. Bamberger and Oswald present original data they’ve collected on chemicals used in fracking and their environmental and health implications. The authors discuss how hard it is to pin some of these problems on fracking and they also cover some of fracking’s acknowledged hazards. For instance, Oklahoma’s government has announced that fracking is causing earthquakes. Much of the specific scientific information in this eye-opening report is not easily available. getAbstract recommends this warning to energy investors, consumers, environmentalists, landowners, reporters, officials and policy makers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How fracking contaminates water, food and air,
  • How people suffer work and health problems due to fracking and
  • How those concerned about fracking can compute the real costs of its environmental degradation.


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Opponents of hydraulic fracturing – the process of crushing underground rock formations with high-pressure mixtures of “water, sand and chemicals” to release shale gas and oil – assert that it uses dangerous chemicals. Yet, the fracking industry bars the public, including...
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About the Authors

Veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Fulbright and Guggenheim fellow Robert Oswald serve on the advisory board of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy. Bamberger has written two books on pet first aid. Oswald teaches molecular medicine at Cornell University.

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