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Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry Hardcover – Sep 18 2015

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books/David Suzuki Institute (Sept. 18 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771640766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771640763
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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"Using the courageous case of Jessica Ernst's lawsuit about her flammable well water as foreground, Nikiforuk masterfully reveals what everybody in the oil and gas industry knows, but does not want the public to know, about past, and likely repeat, offenses" — Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Cornell University

(2015-05-04)

"In this balanced and meticulously researched page-turner, Andrew Nikiforuk follows Alberta whistleblower Jessica Ernst’s quest for justice with a passion, verve, and level of damning detail reminiscent of A Civil Action. In so doing, Nikiforuk uncovers a pattern of collusion, deception, and denial, reaching from the oil patch to Ottawa, that will shock law-abiding Canadians. Jessica Ernst is Canada’s Erin Brockovich, and this is an heroic book―Nikiforuk’s best one yet." —John Vaillant

(2015-06-30)

"Andrew Nikiforuk crafts a stunning picture of fossil fuel industry and government abuse." ―Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

(2015-07-10)

"Slick Water is a true-life noir filled with corruption, incompetence, and, ultimately, courage. It is a deeply informative, disturbing, and important book." —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

(2015-07-17)

"This meticulously researched study...lifts the lid on the costs of that vast geological-engineering experiment, fracking."—Nature Magazine

(2015-12-18)

"Essential reading for every human whose soul is not clouded by methane or coated in oil." —Publishers Weekly

(2016-01-11)

About the Author

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning Canadian journalist who has been writing about the oil and gas industry for more than two decades. He is the author of multiple non-fiction books, including Tar Sands, winner of the prestigious Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, Saboteurs, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. He was one of the first journalists in North America to document the devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on rural communities.


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Before reading this book, I have before never known about this particular branch of oil and gas operation. Despite having lived 27 years in Alberta and worked inside the oil industry for 16 years, and living since 2002 in British Columbia - these two provinces the most highly abused by fracking operations and destruction of the earth crust itself - thereby having caused many earth quakes and having contaminated land owners' well water.
Now I know. Acting accordingly. I posted my own comments also on my Facebook page. We have to continue fighting governments and regulators and conspirators with the oil industry, to ban this practice. My own insider experiences well known via my websites (see: renataveritasopinion).
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I highly recommend Andrew Nikiforuk's book Slick Waters. His narration of fracking in Rosebud, Alberta and the grief it caused to many landowners is heartbreaking but really eye-opening. Jessica Ernst has been enduring a living hell of poisoned water, deafening noise, denial, obstruction, intimidation and now a court case that has been dragging on for years and years. I have the greatest admiration for her courage in taking on such a daunting, frightening but enormously important endeavour by standing up and taking on the major players in the fracking industry in Alberta.

Really, how is this even possible in a country like Canada? How is it possible that the various levels of government as well as the so-called "regulators" allow a mix of undisclosed chemicals to be pumped down into our Earth where they will sit for who-knows-how-long, migrate to who-knows-where, and do who knows-what-harm to the air and to the earth, the vegetation and the animals who live on it (including us)? How is it possible that proper scientific method, such as establishing baselines for well and aquifer water purity before fracking begins, has not been established and followed? How is it possible that information can be delayed, tampered with, denied and destroyed?

I can only hope that the new governments in Alberta and Ottawa will be courageous enough to allow honest investigation of her case and bring about laws that will protect us all from further such monstrous abuses. Thank you Andrew for bringing this story to the attention of Canadians. And, most of all, thank you to Jessica Ernst for believing in this fight and sticking with it at such a huge personal cost! Best of luck, Jessica!
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Very informative about fracking and the industry. An eye-opener as to the incredible story of one woman's journey for justice against big oil/gas. Educational, emotional, shocking and infuriating. Well worth reading!
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Wow. A fascinating and rapid read. Looking forward to what the Supreme Court says in January.
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I can only hope that millions of people read this book and find the courage to speak out, as Jessica Ernst has done, against an industry that controls governments and knowingly destroys lives for profit.
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