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A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas

GUEST: Adam Briggle, Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas in Denton, who has been active in the citizen movements against fracking. He is the author of ‘A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas’.

In November 2014, the north Texas town of Denton gained international prominence when community organizers drafted and passed the very first ban on the polluting practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.”

There are hundreds of fracking operations in Denton, pumping high-pressure, chemical laden water deep into the ground to release natural gas and other fossil fuels. When residents fought back to preserve the health of their families, corporations rose up and lobbied government to overturn the democratic rights of citizens. Through it all, a professor of Philosophy navigated the justifications presented by proponents of fracking, to conclude that this technology is at best not well enough studied, and at worst, destructive.

Find out more at www.frackfreedenton.com.