Skip to comments.Hydraulic Fracturing Meets the Walking Dead (And I'm not kidding...not even a little)
Posted on 01/09/2014 9:16:24 AM PST by thackney
Energy has become mainstream if it means that Hollywood is fascinated with the topic. Most of us have assumed that actors and actresses only think about energy when confronted with the bill for firing up their private Lear Jet for a quick trip to Sun Valley or a Caribbean hide-away. The energy industry has been the target of two Gasland movies attempting to demonstrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing of wells. Both of Josh Foxs movies have been shown to employ sensationalism at the expense of honesty in explaining the issues surrounding damage to residents drinking water supplies from fracking a nearby natural gas well. The industry has made the claim, which has been substantiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that there are no examples of water wells poisoned due to the fracking of close-by wells. Instead, virtually all of the water wells damaged that contribute to scenes of flaming water pouring from kitchen faucets is the result of poor cement jobs at neighboring wells.
While the two Gasland movies were interesting and appeared to be professionally done, they lacked honesty about the basic facts of drilling and, more importantly, completing gas shale wells. Those movies were created with the anti-shale gas agenda of the producer, who was determined to demonstrate that drilling and fracking shale formations was inherently risky and should be banned despite the fact that natural gas is a more environmentally-friendly hydrocarbon resource for powering the global economy. The petroleum industry attempted to counter Gasland with its own public relations program to show that shale gas drilling and completions were not risky. It is difficult convincing people that shale formations are hundreds, if not thousands, of feet below drinking water aquifers and that the rock layers separating the shale formations that were fracked and the shallow-water aquifers prevent formation water from contaminating their drinking water. Seeing people igniting flowing water from kitchen faucets is much more impressive.
Last year, Matt Damon released a movie he both produced and stared in called Promised Land, in which he was a landman for a natural gas outfit that was leasing acreage in Pennsylvanias Marcellus formation. His idealism about frackings benefits for landowners is questioned when he sees water contamination and he ultimately switches from wearing a black hat to a white one as he quits the company because of its drilling and fracking practices. Unfortunately for Mr. Damon, this movie never generated the buzz needed to propel it to the Oscar stage and it eventually settled into obscurity.
Now, we are being treated to Hollywoods next version of the badness of fracking. Zombie Killers: Elephants Graveyard is due this year and will star Billy Zane and Mischa Barton, star of televisions The O.C. The story line is that hydraulic fracturing causes a dead horde to come to life and attack a rural town. We are assuming the story line marries fracking with the earthquakes supposedly associated with injecting waste fluids into disposal wells as the stimulus for bringing the zombies to life. What lengths will Hollywood go to try to make money off popular concerns over water contamination due to hydraulic fracturing? We will skip this movie making Hollywood poorer without our $8 ticket.
Still, at Rocky Flats, injecting nerve gas contaminated waste water into deep wells provoked a series of earthquakes...
Well, that doesn't seem that far-fetched to me, as all over this country fracking unleashes hordes of brain-dead enviro-nutz.
So..... where does one find a theater that only charges $8 a ticket ?
cool, the old way of making zombies was getting boring.
Let us all remember that the vast, vast, VAST majority of the Hollywood crowd are there because there is absolutely, positively NOTHING else they can do to eat and live. (Behind the camera talent - FX, music, planning, etc - excluded, of course. That part takes brains.)
And any sort of science, factual historical knowledge, or even constitutional awareness, is beyond their ken.
Latest idiocy - Meryl Streep - who just joined the ignorant sl...er...bimbo crowd with her idiotic comments wrt Disney.
For those who want to see a 6 minute video showing how horizontal drilling and fracking is done, Northern Gas and Oil has done a great one.
This includes a piece on how groundwater contamination is avoided:
Knowledge is power, keep the link and pass it on.
Michael Moore owns a string of “non profit” theaters where he’s managed to convince some morons to work for free.
-and then there was John Wayne , who reportedly said about someone else,"of course he's an actor, he's to dumb to do anything else"
--anybody out there know of whom he was speaking?
I realized that no lie is too big for these idiots when I sat in a meeting listening to the ecotards try to inspire fear that injecting wastewater 1500 feet into the southern Michigan ground would cause massive explosions as the water flashed over to steam.
I did a little digging and found that temperatures at that depth in this part of the country were in the 70 to 80 degree range.
Think of the theater and drama types in high school, and then think of the higher order of theater and drama types when you were in college. Those people were just plain goofy; most of them gay as hell. It's the "cream" of that crop that makes it to the top in Hollywood. Why anyone would think they are capable of rational thought is beyond me.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
It was because of shallow gas and is still present but since the ewackos need a visual demonstration, they try to link it to fracking which is a recently discovered process.
I would not be surprised to see Saudi money behind Hollywood in this.
One thing I know is that most Hollywood types will take money from whatever source. Another thing I know is the Saudis are deathly scared of the economic effects to their industry from fracking.
And I know with certainty that fracking does not contaminate well water but the return water which is discharged into open pools does need cleanup.
“Back in the 1950s you could light up a water faucet with a match in areas of northern PA.
It was because of shallow gas and is still present but since the ewackos need a visual demonstration, they try to link it to fracking which is a recently discovered process. “
If you do a google search for Pennsylvania EPA and methane in water you’ll find that prior to 2003 most every document they have online cited the cause as being related to coal.
After 2003 it shifted to near 100% caused by oil well drilling.
“We will skip this movie making Hollywood poorer without our $8 ticket.”
Don’t worry. Billy Zane hasn’t been in a movie that wasn’t straight to video/cable for quite a few years. This article is probably the most press the flick will get.
“I would not be surprised to see Saudi money behind Hollywood in this.”
I believe that there was UAE (OPEC memeber) funding involved in the recent Matt Damon anti-fracking movie “Promised Land.”
To diverge from the subject for a moment. That throw away line about private Lear Jets and Sun Valley is more accurate than one would think.
I was in Idaho last summer and we drove up to Sun Valley to see the sights. The town of Hailey is at the base of the mountains, about 12 miles south of Sun Valley, and that's where the airport is.
The main runway parallels the highway into town and a Gulfstream was letting down as we approached. As we neared the terminal, I was astounded at the aircraft parked at the terminal or the adjoining apron. There were two or three-dozen private jets, from Lear Jets to Gulfstreams to a 727 and a 707. Plus, there were several limos queued at the terminal.
Going to Sun Valley in a Lear Jet would be comparable to arriving at the Oscars in a battered pick-up.
I’ve got the perfect publicity stunt!
Bottle up some fracking fluid, put some fancy labels with apine springs or somesuch thing on the bottles, and set up a free giveaway at an environmental protest rally.
Film some people giving testimonials on “what a great new beverage it is”.
Movie Theater Interns ?
Yeah he brags about how he pays a living wage, covers his employees with full insurance, takes no tax dollars and doesn’t overcharge for his movies.
What he doesn’t mention is the fact that he takes HUD money to open the theaters, pays one in a dozen “employees”, and is facing multiple lawsuits from various production companies for showing bootleg copies of their movies without paying them.