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Hydrofracked? One Man's Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Abrahm Lustgarten
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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.

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The perfect blend of storytelling and investigative journalism, author Abrahm Lustgarten starts his narrative with retired veteran Louis Meeks discovering his water supply is contaminated. Convinced that the blame lies with gas drilling company EnCana, Meeks sets out to find evidence proving his claim and the story quickly becomes reminiscent of Erin Brockovich. Hydrofracked hooks the reader by revealing facts and clues as Meeks uncovers them for himself. The result is an engaging story that has you rooting for the underdog and hoping justice prevails. --Shirley Hong

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  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: ProPublica (February 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1IXZE
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Make You Angry March 2, 2011
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Hydraulic fracturing is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks. The most important industrial use is in stimulating oil and gas wells, where hydraulic fracturing has been used for over 60 years in more than one million wells. Man-made fluid-driven fractures are formed at depth in a borehole and extend into targeted formations. "Hydrofracked? One Man's Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling (Kindle Single)", by Abrahm Lustgarten from ProPublica, tells the story of one man's fight to find the cause of the polluted water well on his Wyoming property. ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Louis Meeks, a Vietnam War hero, has lived on his 40-acre plot of land near Pavillion, Wyoming, for over 35 years. In the spring of 2005, Meeks' water had turned bad. His tap ran cloudy, and the water shimmered with rainbow swirls across a filmy top. The scent was sharp, like gasoline. Mr. Meeks suspected that environmental factors were to blame. Since the mid 1990's, more than 1000 gas wells had been drilled in the region. Meeks learned that in hydraulic fracturing, a brew of chemicals is injected deep into the earth to lubricate the fracturing and work its way into the rock. How far it goes and where it ends up, no one really knows. Meeks wondered if that wasn't what ruined his well.

This is a heart-wrenching story about one man's struggle to fight big government agencies and the oil and gas industries. The Meeks family has endured endless financial and personal defeats but they continue to fight. They have joined forces with some of their neighbors who also have polluted water. In November, 2010, Mr. Meeks had a heart attack. His doctors told him it was probably caused by stress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Read This February 27, 2011
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If you drink water, you must read this. If you suspect your government, local and state as well as federal, values corporate money above your well-being, you must read this. Excellent and maddening, a call for action. So current that its subject is also lead news in today's (Feb. 27, 2011) New York Times.
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While watching CNN and the devastation of Japan, two commercials came up sporting the tag of "The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Industry." Further research (because I wanted to look up the website), led to Wiki indicating these ads were actually from the American Petroleum Institute.

They spotted, that day - how new technology allows the Natural Gas Drilling to come from the same well as oil drilling (Encana is very much a part of API), however - how many of these drills do we actually see? The ad says it lessons the impact on the environment, so we have less polluted water? The next ad shows how they (API) boosts the economy through 9.2 million jobs. Both these ads occur to me to be on the defensive. They have changed from 2 years ago - where they presented themselves as the solution to all our problems (while they had folks repeating that slogan "drill baby drill")


I watched Gasland on HBO a few times (in HD heehee), so I never fell for the ads. However, HBO ISN'T available to the masses (Jim Cramer backed off on his Natural Gas is the investment of the future rhetoric during the times this show was performing. I LIKE Jim Cramer, but I don't have to agree with him). Once the show was off the air, he was back to the same ole - hoping that Boone Pickens and Obama would all come together to see the light.

Then came HYDROFRACKED. Now - we have a free Ebook for the masses, and there are a LOT of Kindle owners, and a Lot of tablets, phones with the Kindle App. Methinks perhaps as many if not more than the number that subscribe to HBO.

This book somewhat follows the same reports that were covered in GasLand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful Government Behavior July 1, 2014
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The specific incidents of this book are not new to Mr. Meeks and the people of Wyoming. These stories consistently follow Hydrofrackturing (fracking) well sites and therefore this nightmare is becoming a reality across the country.

This is a well written, interesting story told from a largely neutral point of view. The facts are provided along with the increasingly frustrated feelings of Mr Meeks so the book is not completely free from opinion and objectivity. However, any person who drinks water SHOULD become highly opinionated about this issue. It is a national crisis, created by short-sighted policy change, without which, this story would not be possible.

Despite the oil company claims that the chemicals used in the fracking process is safe, there remains consistent documentation of private use water wells "mysteriously" becoming tainted when proximal to fracking wells. If fracking is safe then Big Oil should willingly submit a list of chemicals used so those chemicals can be specifically tested for in the contaminated drinking wells. They say they have nothing to hide and there is no danger yet their process is shrouded in secrecy. Legally. That is why this story, on the surface, seams almost unbelievable. A reasonable person knows there are strict laws and guidelines concerning how a home owner discards unused paint or the oil from an oil change they perform in the driveway. So how is it possible the such a large scale operation such as drilling for gas and oil, can legally evade the same laws and guidelines?

The unfortunate key to this issue is what has come to be known as the "Halliburton Loophole," an exemption for gas drilling and extraction from requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good enlightening read
My first book to download on my Kindle. Only because I didn't know all I had to type in the search box was the word "free" and a huge list was available to me for free. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn J Reid
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horribly written. Topic is already controversial, but poorly written books don't support this position very well.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Hamilton
2.0 out of 5 stars My opinion of this article is not enough facts of ...
My opinion of this article is not enough facts of the real problems and helping the victems recover from the careless oil and gas companies
Published 2 months ago by Mary Terrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This ProPublica ebook tells the story of a former gas well worker turned rancher and the problems he experiences due to fracking activities in his region. Read more
Published 4 months ago by k
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Orange-London
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling~
Very interesting & informative mystery! I now have a much better understanding of what/how Hydrofracking is!!
Published 6 months ago by marcia piper
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5.0 out of 5 stars energy companies will eventually ruin all fresh water on the ...
energy companies will eventually ruin all fresh water on the planet, then what?
Published 6 months ago by john c dodds
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I never ordered this
Published 7 months ago by bengal girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fracking: "energy independence" straight out of the Twilight Zone
Louis Meeks is you or me only he was unfortunate enough to personally experience the effects of Fracking in his personal life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Nelson
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