The Book

The Boom by Russell GoldOne hundred wells a day. That is the number of wells that are drilled and hydraulically fractured – or fracked – every day in the United States.

In The Boom, Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold chronicles the rise of this once-obscure oilfield technology, a story that answers a critical question of our [...]

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The Author

Russell Gold

Russell Gold is an award-winning investigative journalist at The Wall Street Journal.

He started his journalism career at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Antonio Express-News. In 2000, he joined The Wall Street Journal and covered Texas and economics, before switching to energy in 2002. His reporting has taken him to [...]

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Featured Article

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How Crude Oil’s Global Collapse Unfolded
  • 12th December 201412/12/14

By Russell Gold Since the 1970s, Nigeria has sent a steady stream of high-quality crude oil to North American refineries. As recently as 2010, tankers delivered a million barrels a day. Then […]

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"A tour de force of contemporary journalism that will captivate anyone concerned with the future."
-- Booklist
"The Boom puts a human face on the unfinished story of our struggle to transition to a sustainable world.”
-- Steven Chu, Former United States Secretary of Energy
“Authoritative and fairly balanced…a welcome guide–the best all-around book yet on fracking.”
-- San Francisco Chronicle

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