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But a handful of men believed everything was about to change. Far from the limelight, Aubrey McClendon, Harold Hamm, Mark Papa, and other wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that Exxon, Chevron, and other giants had dismissed as a waste of time. By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale - a process now known as fracking - the wildcatters started a revolution. In just a few years, they solved America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy - and made and lost astonishing fortunes.
No one understands these men better than the award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman. His exclusive access enabled him to get close to the frackers and chronicle the untold story of how they transformed the nation and the world. The result is a dramatic stretching from the barren fields of North Dakota and the rolling hills of northeastern Pennsylvania to cluttered pickup trucks in Texas and tense Wall Street boardrooms.
Activists argue that the same methods that are creating so much new energy are also harming our water supply and threatening environmental chaos. The Frackers tells the story of the angry opposition unleashed by this revolution and explores just how dangerous fracking really is.
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By Chris on 01-02-14
Balanced approach on controversial topic
In my estimation, this book does a good job walking the tight rope between "drill baby, drill!" and environmental concerns involved in the process of getting natural gas and crude oil from shale. I'm sure that many environmentalists will think that the author spends too little time addressing the ecological concerns and too much celebrating the figures that brought it in to being.
The history of Fracking as this book lays it out is very interesting. We learn that Fracking isn't a result of Big Oil on their quest for increased global dominance, but rather the small time operators trying new approaches and technologies to make their humble operations profitable.
My only major issue with the book is the timing. The story over fracking is still unfolding and it's impact on the global scene, local communities and the environment hasn't even come close to being realized yet. Due to that, the book's narrative fizzles out at the end. I was more interested in the first 2/3 than the final 1/3. I'm also not sure why Charif Souki, with Cheniere Energy is profiled in the book so extensively other than his interesting back story.
21 of 22 people found this review helpful
By Ari on 11-16-13
All about the business-no science
Would you consider the audio edition of The Frackers to be better than the print version?
Haven't read the print version.
What did you like best about this story?
The perspective was good.
What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?
Very even and easy to listen to. Inflection was good, and not overdone.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
A must for those in the industry. It gives you a good understanding of the environment of the medium sized oil and gas business in America.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful