CHARLESTON, WV--(Marketwired - Aug 27, 2014) - Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has unfairly received a bad label in the media, says engineer and environmentalist Greg Kozera, author of the new book, "Just the Fracks, Ma'am," ( who's on a nationwide tour to discuss the benefits of fracking and clarify the misconceptions.

"Greater independence from foreign oil, job creation, a cleaner environment and a much-needed shot of economic growth is just the beginning of what hydraulic fracturing has meant to us in recent years, yet many think of fracking as the new dirty word, associated only with corporate greed. The reality is that fracking is essential to our existence," says Kozera, a domestic energy expert.

"I want to replace the unfounded fears people have about fracking with facts. This is simply too important an issue for so many people to make decisions based on misinformation."

Kozera began his tour in Virginia and has been to California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky and South Carolina. His next speaking engagement this year will be Sept. 3 at Rappahannock, Glade Springs, Va.; his tour ends Oct. 1 and 2 in Abingdon, Va.

Fracking is nothing new; in 1947, the oil and gas industry discovered the method as a way of improving production in the country's oil wells, Kozera says.

Reviewers find his new book enlightening and easy to read.

"Well-written and in terms the average person can understand, Mr. Kozera has presented technical information on the fracking process in a manner that is entertaining and personal," writes Amazon reviewer Kerri Barger. "This is a short read and definitely a book you will want to pass on to others. The points of inspiration were heartfelt and I gained motivation from this book as well as information on the subject at hand." 

About Greg Kozera

Greg Kozera is an engineer with a master's degree in environmental engineering and an environmentalist with more than 35 years of experience in the natural gas and oil industry. He is the immediate past-president of the Virginia Oil and Gas Association and the author of "Just the Fracks, Ma'am." Kozera has a comprehensive understanding of the fracturing process and how important it is to our children, grandchildren and the security of our nation.

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