Slick Water

Slick Water

Fracking and One Insider's Stand Against the World's Most Powerful Industry

Book - 2015
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The fossil fuel industry and many environmental groups tout hydraulic fracturing -- "fracking" -- as a panacea, with slick promises of energy independence, greenhouse gas reductions, and benefits to local economies. Yet the controversial technology, which blasts massive volumes of fluids, sand, and chemicals into rock and coal formations, has sparked huge public protests. Slick Water tells the shocking, inspiring story of one woman's stand to hold government and industry accountable for the damage fracking leaves in its wake.

After energy giant Encana secretly fracked hundreds of gas wells around her home and her well water turned to a flammable broth, Jessica Ernst started asking questions. When she put forward evidence that Encana had violated laws by fracturing the community's drinking water aquifer, Ernst was falsely tagged as a bomb-making terrorist and visited by the government's anti-terrorism squad. Frightened but undaunted, she uncovered a startling history of liability, fraud, and intimidation, along with a willful denial of widespread groundwater contamination. Jessica Ernst's remarkable story raises dramatic questions about the role of Big Oil in government, society's obsession with rapidly depleting supplies of unconventional oil and gas, and the future of civil society.

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

Publisher: Vancouver :, Greystone Books,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781771640763
Branch Call Number: 333.823314 NIK
Characteristics: ix, 350 pages ; 23 cm


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Nov 27, 2015

Essential reading for anyone interested in our environment,
difficulties of getting governments to apply the law as written/intended.

Oct 26, 2015

This is a must read for anyone interested in how the oil and gas industry has hijacked the regulatory process. It shows to what lengths this industry will go to hide the truth of the insidious side of hydraulic fracturing. It's an epic tale of the strength and determination of Jessica Ernst, a modern day hero. This is one of Andrew Nikiforuk's best.

Everyone should read this book, but especially those who are naive enough to think industry and government are on our side. This is Nikiforuk's best to date. Tar Sands was also very good, but what makes this effort stand out is its focus on the incredible, indomitable Jessica Ernst. It also says a lot about media concentration that I'd never heard of this amazing woman. She's better known internationally than she is here in Canada.

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