For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
F is for Fracking
I’m not talking here about the Battlestar Galactica reboot’s use of the word “fracking.” (Excellent series though, and a clever way of allowing characters to curse without invoking network censorship.)
Fracking, as used in Rightfully Ours, is short for hydraulic fracturing. Fracking involves drilling to extract underground oil or natural gas. A detailed explanation of the process can be found here, but, in short, slick water is pumped through a fracking well in order to fracture surrounding rock. The gas or oil is then free to flow through the fissures and is pumped out of the well.
So how does this figure into Rightfully Ours? The setting.
“The Marcellus Shale region is particularly attractive to gas drillers because it’s a rich supply of natural gas — some call it ‘the Saudi Arabia of natural gas’ or ‘Frackistan’ — and because many of the region’s rural communities are economically depressed and eager to attract an energy industry that enjoys handsome profits.” (LiveScience.com)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the setting of Rightfully Ours, is part of the Marcellus Shale region. For many years, my husband spent several weeks a year working in and around the area. During those years, drilling sites began popping up around the region with an obvious economic impact. Suddenly, more hotels sprung up, often occupied by men working at the drilling sites.
For a buried treasure-themed book, the setting was perfect!