Amity and Prosperity

Amity and Prosperity

One Family and the Fracturing of America

Book - 2018
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"Tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia--and one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist. Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking industry comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong. Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries. Soon a community that has long been suspicious of outsiders faces wrenching new questions about who is responsible for redressing their ills. The faceless corporations that are poisoning the land? The environmentalists who fail to see their economic distress? A federal government that is mandated to protect but fails on the job? Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values--and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374103118
Characteristics: xii, 318 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Call Number: 363.730974 GRI


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May 14, 2020

Incredible story that is extremely hard to read at times. And by hard, I mean emotionally difficult to get through. If you watched the movie "Dark Waters," and enjoyed it, then you will like this book as they both tackle a true story of people wanting something that everyone should have, clean water, but have to fight tooth and nail to get it.

Dec 29, 2019

woman in texas who takes on fracking.

Jul 26, 2019

Difficult Reads - April 2019

mko123 Jun 14, 2019

Just last week, June 2019, NPR and NYT did an update on the appallingly tiny settlement made to these families whose lives were destroyed by fracking. This the personal story of a single mom who starts to investigate why her son is sick and why their farm animals are dying. It is heartbreaking as she realizes that even her community will will turn on her when it comes to challenging the lies of the industry regarding the radioactive and toxic chemicals used in fracking.

It is tragic that greed and dishonesty, it's right-hand-man, have such a stronghold in this country. Read this book. It is an eye-opener.

Aug 21, 2018

This is an AWESOME book.
It TIMELY because it addresses fracking, a big issue in america (and the world) today. The latest update on this true story (included at the end of the book) occurred in January 2018.
At the same time this is a timeless story of money, power and greed in america hurting and silencing the poorest and most powerless and vulnerable in our society that have little or no voice. I am a Seattle attorney who sees first hand that this story plays out again and again in America and the world. While the fact that this story plays in an endless loop is maddening, it is even made even more so by the fact this endless loop was designed, created and perpetuated by our country's businesses and state, local and federal governments. This system is NOT a coincidence but was carefully conceived, built perpetrated and maintained by america's businesses and governments who spend a LOT of money and resources trying to build on it to further victimize powerless american's and create still bigger profits.
I dare you to read this book without getting angry.


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