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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fracking 101 A Beginner's Guide #bookreview #Eric George #oil #environment

Welcome to BRB, everyone! I know I don't read and review "text" books, but I was asked, and I'm glad I did. Fracking has become a highly controversial subject, especially in the last decade. Here in Canada, in particular, the Alberta tar sands, have come under environmental scrutiny, and public protest. So I thought maybe a little knowledge wouldn't hurt, so when someone does bring up the topic, I can add something intelligent to the debate.

Fracking 101 A Beginner's Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing
By Eric George

After I had read Fracking 101 A Beginners Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing, I felt I’d “upped” my knowledge on the topic. I’m not an expert on the subject, but now I certainly have a better understanding of what the word means and the process behind it. The author Eric George did an excellent job in breaking down each part of fracking, including the risks and benefits without taking a political stance. I’m not an advocate for the oil or natural gas industry, actually anything that can be detrimental to the earth, but at the same time, I do realize we (the human race) need the energy to continue living the way we’ve become accustomed. Tapping from years of experience, the author made it clear that such methods of oil extraction can be done in a safe and effective manner—everything from how to start the process to how to shut it down. Very interesting read.

I know this review is quite short, but honestly, I didn't know what else to say. The book was informative and well-written, and if you are interested in learning more about this part of the oil and natural gas industry then I suggest you read it. Aside from the technical aspect, the author's thought-provoking perspective and humour made it an enjoyable read.

Blak Rayne

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