New Book Provides Insight on Hydraulic Fracturing

Author Daniel Raimi discusses risks, benefits and uncertainties of fracking, as heard in his travels across the US.
New Book Provides Insight on Hydraulic Fracturing - News


The rise of the shale revolution in the 21st century has mainly been due to advances in technology of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This has generated strong dissension, mainly due to the varying views of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking'.

Daniel Raimi’s book, “The Fracking Debate”, provides a look at common questions and concerns people have about fracking. Raimi spent 3 years traveling to the major oil and gas regions in the U.S., talking to people impacted and/or involved in oil and gas production, and key issues and questions associated with fracking.

The book outlines the most common issues Raimi heard throughout his travels, such as:

  • ‘What is fracking?’
  • ‘Does fracking pollute the water supply?’
  • ‘Does fracking cause earthquakes?’
  • ‘Is fracking good for the economy?’
  • ‘What’s next?’

Combined with his deep understanding and background of research, Raimi highlights stories of the people and communities affected by the shale revolution, with an in-depth look of current research on these questions and more related to fracking and oil and gas development in general. As he tries to demonstrate, no side has a monopoly on the right answers. Raimi provides context and correction when energy advocates make misleading false arguments or antifracking advocates make unsubstantiated claims or unwarranted fearmongering.

Raimi is a lecturer in public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a faculty affiliate with the University of Michigan Energy Institute. Raimi is also a senior research associate at Resources for the Future, focusing on energy and climate issues.

The book is published through Columbia University Press.