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The Bookshelf: Nov. 18, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Fracking the Neighborhood.

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FRACKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling

by Jessica Smartt Gullion

The densely populated Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex sits atop the Barnett Shale, among the world’s most developed sources of natural gas extracted from the sedimentary rock by the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing. Certain residents, believing they have identified harm to the environment and to their own health attributable to fracking, have vigorously opposed the gas companies’ agenda... The best parts of the book are the author’s handy and efficient summations of the long-standing oil and gas culture of Texas, the conflicts stemming from the state’s mineral and surface rights laws, the tangled mess of regulatory agencies with hazy authority over issues of concern, the day-to-day operations at a natural gas site, and the health hazards that may (or may not) be traced to fracking.

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