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A field philosopher's guide to fracking : how one Texas town stood up to big oil and gas, Adam Briggle

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A field philosopher's guide to fracking : how one Texas town stood up to big oil and gas
Title
A field philosopher's guide to fracking
Title remainder
how one Texas town stood up to big oil and gas
Statement of responsibility
Adam Briggle
Title variation
How one Texas town stood up to big oil and gas
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When philosophy professor Adam Briggle moved to Denton, Texas, he had never heard of fracking. Only five years later he would successfully lead a citizens' initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton -- the first Texas town to challenge the oil and gas industry. On his journey to learn about fracking and its effects, he leaped from the ivory tower into the fray. Briggle brings us to town hall debates and neighborhood meetings where citizens wrestle with issues few fully understand. Is fracking safe? How does it affect the local economy? Why are bakeries prohibited in neighborhoods while gas wells are permitted next to playgrounds? In his quest for answers Briggle meets people like Cathy McMullen. Her neighbors' cows asphyxiated after drinking fracking fluids, and her orchard was razed to make way for a pipeline. Cathy did not consent to drilling, but those who profited lived far out of harm's way. Briggle's first instinct was to think about fracking -- deeply. Drawing on philosophers from Socrates to Kant, but also on conversations with engineers, legislators, and industry representatives, he develops a simple theory to evaluate fracking: we should give those at risk to harm a stake in the decisions we make, and we should monitor for and correct any problems that arise. Finding this regulatory process short-circuited, with government and industry alike turning a blind eye to symptoms like earthquakes and nosebleeds, Briggle decides to take action. Though our field philosopher is initially out of his element -- joining fierce activists like "Texas Sharon," once called the "worst enemy" of the oil and gas industry -- his story culminates in an underdog victory for Denton, now nationally recognized as a beacon for citizens' rights at the epicenter of the fracking revolution
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Briggle, Adam
Dewey number
363.11/962233809764555
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QE 431.6 .M4 B75 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Gas wells
  • Oil wells
  • Referendum
  • Petroleum industry and trade
  • Denton (Tex.)
Label
A field philosopher's guide to fracking : how one Texas town stood up to big oil and gas, Adam Briggle
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Let a thousand gas wells bloom -- Thales falls into a gas well -- Guinea pigs of the shale -- See no evil -- Responsible drilling
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631490071
Lccn
2015020528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)902661360
  • (OCoLC)ocn902661360
Label
A field philosopher's guide to fracking : how one Texas town stood up to big oil and gas, Adam Briggle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Let a thousand gas wells bloom -- Thales falls into a gas well -- Guinea pigs of the shale -- See no evil -- Responsible drilling
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631490071
Lccn
2015020528
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)902661360
  • (OCoLC)ocn902661360

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