We are happy to announce that Andrew Nikiforuk's Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry is the winner of the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Award in the Book category.
Winners in each category receive a cash prize of $2,500, to be awarded at a reception on October 29, 2016, at the ScienceWriters2016 meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Slick Water also recently received an Honourable Mention for the Rachel Carson Award.
Andrew Nikiforuk is the award-winning author of Tar Sands. His most recent book, Slick Water, is the shocking and inspiring story of oil and gas industry insider Jessica Ernst, who has been hailed as the "Canadian Erin Brockovich." In the book, she embarks on a determined mission to hold government and industry legally accountable for the damage fracking leaves in its wake.
The award judges said: “Here’s an excellent book with a strong protagonist who carries the narrative and turns a potentially wonky and bureaucratic matter into a page-turner. The author is facile with the science, and also with the story telling.” They added, “We found it a compelling read with clear, crisp writing. We were struck not just with the main character’s amazing persistence in pursuing justice against all odds, but also the author’s persistence as he nailed down the details. We came away inspired.”