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Main Title The end of country /
Author McGraw, Seamus.
Publisher Random House,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 651902196
ISBN 9781400068531; 1400068533; 9780679604310; 0679604316; 9780812980646; 0812980646
Subjects Hydraulic fracturing--Pennsylvania ; Power resources--Pennsylvania ; Energy industries--Pennsylvania ; Pennsylvania--Social conditions ; Marcellus Shale ; Power resources--Environmental aspects--Pennsylvania ; Energy industries--Environmental aspects--Pennsylvania ; Land use--Pennsylvania ; United States--Marcellus Shale ; Energy resources--Pennsylvania ; Energy industry--Pennsylvania
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  HD9502.U53P4533 2011 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 06/24/2013
ELBM  HD9502.U53P4533 2011 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 09/08/2020
Edition First edition.
Collation vii, 245 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Notes
"The End of Country is the compelling story about the epic battle for control of one of the richest natural gas deposits the world has ever known: the Marcellus Shale, worth more than one trillion dollars. In a remote northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, an intense conflict begins, pitting the forces of corporate America against a community of stoic, low-income homesteaders, determined to acquire their fair share of the windfall--but not at the cost of their values or their way of life. Though the natural gas is extracted through a controversial process known as hydrofracking, many couldn't resist the offer to lease their land in exchange for the promise of untold riches. For years, this part of the world was invisible to all but the farmers, urban transplants, and small landholders who called it home. But journalist Seamus McGraw, a native of the region whose own mother was one of the first to receive a leasing offer, opens a window on a stiff-necked group of Pennsylvanians as they try, with little guidance or protection from the state or anyone else, to balance the promise and the peril of this discovery. Along the way, McGraw introduces us to a host of colorful characters, from a gas company land agent with a Green Beret to a wizened quarryman with an old coonhound, a .22 rifle, and an unerring sense of right and wrong who leads a personal crusade to police the gas company's operations. The cutthroat dash by petrodollar billionaires to secure drilling leases will make some poor residents rich, and put the entire community at risk of having its land tainted by toxic chemicals and its water supply contaminated by gas. Above all, it will test the character of everyone in the community as they fight against 'the end of country.'" 1. Time and Place -- 2. Burn the Creek -- 3. One Hill Over -- 4. Huffing Gas -- 5. An Unlikely Alliance -- 6. "Merry Christmas, America" -- 7. The End of Country -- 8. Step Right Up -- 9. A Thousand Reasons Not To -- 10. An Ill Wind -- 11. Big Enough to Make Its Own Weather -- 12. Diamonds in the Rough -- 13. Merry Christmas Redux -- 14. The Explosion -- 15. Crybaby's Revenge -- A Moment of Silence -- 17. No Turning Back