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Fracking the Neighborhood: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling

Jessica Smartt Gullion


When natural gas drilling moves into an urban or a suburban neighborhood, a two-hundred-foot-high drill appears on the other side of a back yard fence and diesel trucks clog a quiet two-lane residential street. Children seem to be having more than the usual number of nosebleeds. There are so many local cases of cancer that the elementary school starts a cancer support group. In this book, Jessica Smartt Gullion examines what happens when natural gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” takes place not on wide-open rural land but in a densely populated area with homes, sc ... More

Keywords: Fracking, Natural Gas Development, Ethnography, Activism, Environmentalism, Texas, Barnett Shale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029766
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Smartt Gullion, author