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Amity and prosperity : one family and the fracturing of America / Eliza Griswold.

By: Griswold, Eliza, 1973- [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2018]Copyright date: ©2018Edition: First edition.Description: xii, 318 pages : maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780374103118; 0374103119.Subject(s): Hydraulic fracturing -- Political aspects -- Pennsylvania | Gas wells -- Hydraulic fracturing -- Environmental aspects -- Pennsylvania -- Amity (Washington County : Township) | Gas wells -- Hydraulic fracturing -- Environmental aspects -- Pennsylvania -- Prosperity | Amity (Washington County, Pa. : Township) -- Social conditions | Prosperity (Pa.) -- Social conditions | Haney, Stacy | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Social Activists | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Energy Policy | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- Rural | Social conditions | Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania -- Amity (Washington County : Township) | Pennsylvania -- ProsperityGenre/Form: Book clubs (Discussion groups)DDC classification: 363.7309748/82 LOC classification: TD195.G3 | G747 2018
Contents:
Part I. Hoopies. Fair 2010 ; When the boom began ; The mess next door ; Arsenip ; Airborne ; Hoopies ; "One head & one heart, & live in true friendship & amity as one people" ; Doubters ; Hang 'em high ; Blood and urine ; Airport -- Part II. Burden of proof. "Mr. and Mrs. Atticus Finch" ; Mutual distrust ; Buzz ; Missing pages ; Rainbow water ; "Dear Mr. President" ; Insurgents ; Burden of proof ; Policing the state ; What money does ; Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush ; Remote people ; Ignorant motherfuckers ; A special agent ; Full metal jacket -- Part III. The right to clean air and pure water. The right to clean air and pure water ; Dreams ; Closing down the ponds ; Chasing ghosts ; "The junkyard plaintiff" ; Diva ; Fair 2016 -- Epilogue : white hats -- Postscript.
Awards: Puliter Prize, General Nonfiction, 2019Summary: "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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-315).

Puliter Prize, General Nonfiction, 2019

Part I. Hoopies. Fair 2010 ; When the boom began ; The mess next door ; Arsenip ; Airborne ; Hoopies ; "One head & one heart, & live in true friendship & amity as one people" ; Doubters ; Hang 'em high ; Blood and urine ; Airport -- Part II. Burden of proof. "Mr. and Mrs. Atticus Finch" ; Mutual distrust ; Buzz ; Missing pages ; Rainbow water ; "Dear Mr. President" ; Insurgents ; Burden of proof ; Policing the state ; What money does ; Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush ; Remote people ; Ignorant motherfuckers ; A special agent ; Full metal jacket -- Part III. The right to clean air and pure water. The right to clean air and pure water ; Dreams ; Closing down the ponds ; Chasing ghosts ; "The junkyard plaintiff" ; Diva ; Fair 2016 -- Epilogue : white hats -- Postscript.

"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.

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Library Journal Review

Fracking, the extraction of natural gas from rocks up to one mile deep, made some residents of the small, impoverished western Pennsylvania towns of Amity and Prosperity, rich, while others became victims of potentially fatal environmental hazards. Griswold (The Tenth Parallel) offers a compelling portrayal of Stacey Haney and her fight against fracking operation Range Resources, whose secretive activities unleashed airborne toxins and poisoned ponds that killed Haney's farm animals, sickened neighbors, and nearly took the life of her son, Harley. Deep research into court records and interviews with family members and neighbors, many of whom turned against Haney, a single mother and nurse, make for a compelling family tragedy narrative. Descriptions of the various individuals are memorable, although Griswold's recounting of Haney v. Range Resources (2013) gets bogged down in detail. This precedent-setting trial was not decided until 2018. -VERDICT An important addition to the emerging genre of works about fracking and its environmental and human costs. This will find large audiences among concerned citizens and warrants the attention of public officials as well as fans of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.-Karl Helicher, formerly with Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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<p> Eliza Griswold is the author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam , which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women's folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World , was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Harvard University, and in 2010<br> the American Academy in Rome awarded her the Rome Prize for her poems. Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, she lives in New York with her husband and son.</p>

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