Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America.Stacey Haney, a lifelong resident of Amity, Pennsylvania, is struggling to support her children when the fracking boom comes to town. Like most of her neighbors, she sees the energy companies' payments as a windfall. Soon trucks are rumbling down her unpaved road and a fenced-off fracking site rises on adjacent land. But her annoyance gives way to concern and then to fear as domestic animals and pets begin dying and mysterious illnesses strike her family--despite the companies' insistence that nothing is wrong.Griswold masterfully chronicles Haney's transformation into an unlikely whistle-blower as she launches her own investigation into corporate wrongdo...
|Title||:||Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America|
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Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America Reviews
One of the dirty little secrets in America is that most of us are willing to look the other way and not think too much about how we get the electricity that powers our homes and phones, or about the effect on the health and lives of those who live in the shadow of extractive industry. Governments, Republican and Democratic alike, have mostly decided that destroying the health and property of a certain number of individuals is an acceptable price to pay for inexpensive and convenient power. in th ...more
Engaging and heartbreaking.
This is an important investigation into the wreckage left from the fracking industry in two small towns in Pennsylvania.It’s a sensitive and compassionate depiction of innocent lives ruined by the contamination of water, air, and soil. In my urban insulation I was emotionally upended by the story of the illnesses that plagued three families who sold rights to a fracking giant then paid dearly for the small financial gain they received.
I couldn’t stop reading this book and I can’t stop thinking ...more
If you live around Pittsburgh, you need to read this book.
It reads like a novel, following one family who "lost" - a sacrifice for extractive industries. The book lays out how daily hardships, even small ones, can add up to destroy a home. Lots of Pittsburgh content in this one, with a shocking/not shocking description of how the DEP and EPA operate hand in hand with industry.