The Frackers

The Frackers

The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters

Book - 2013
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"In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world's fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened. The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world--and made astonishing fortunes in the process. Zuckerman's exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he's now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than $2 billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them"--
Publisher: New York :, Portfolio Penguin,, 2013
ISBN: 9781591846451
Branch Call Number: 338.7622 ZUC NVD
Characteristics: ix, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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It's amusing that thirty years ago, vast amounts of money were spent on developing tertiary oil recovery methods like CO2 flooding, surfactant flooding, and even bacterial flooding. In those days, everyone thought that by 2018 all the oil in the US would be recovered by some exotic method. Instead, plain old fracking, developed in the early 50s, turned out to be key, along with horizontal drilling. They fired me at Amoco for not being enthusiastic enough about CO2 flooding, but it turns out I knew more than they did about it. No doubt those guys are still predicting that fracking is just a flash in the pan, and CO2 will be back!

Mar 20, 2016

Considering the recent ...demise... of Aubrey McClendon... and the swarms of 3.0 + earth quakes in Oklahoma ( This book seems more like hero worship than it does anything else. The author is all but dismissive of anything skeptical about the fracking process.

Feb 11, 2014

Hope this book is more honest than his last one (The Greatest Trade) which, after the SEC investigation, was shown to be the biggest sham possible!

Dec 28, 2013

The characters and the story are very interesting and the book is timely

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