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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 wrongdoing. As she takes her case to court, Haney inadvertently reveals the complex rifts in her community and begins to reshape its attitudes toward outsiders, corporations, and the federal government.  

Amity and Prosperity uses her gripping and moving tale to show the true costs of our energy infrastructure and to illuminate the predicament of rural America in the 21st century.

©2018 Eliza Griswold (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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touching and poignant

This provided a touching and poignant glimpse into a complex situation. It intertwines sad realities with inspirational examples of resilience and admirable heroics. Well recommended for anyone with an interest in fracking or the history of southwest PA.

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fascinating look at hydraulic fracturing

This feels like a pretty balanced look at what happens when people are impacted by hydraulic fracturing. in Pennsylvania, it appears that the Department of Environmental Protection is somewhere between unwilling and unable to actually protect the environment or the citizens of the Commonwealth. Government agents have been captured by industry. it's appalling and sad. it appears that nothing will be done, however, because the victims are poor.

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Compelling writing and story

This book is written like a novel though it is a reporter’s coverage of the effects of the fracking industry in Pennsylvania. The reader’s voice took me a while to get used to, and the story itself carried me beyond my initial annoyance with her tone. This story is heart rending and brings to our awareness the prices that some pay for our privilege. I highly recommend this author and this book.