Skip to comments.To Frack or Not to Frack, That is the Question
Posted on 03/23/2014 11:15:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
Five years ago almost no one knew the term Fracking. Today it is one of the hottest topics in America and has become one of our hottest political footballs. The question is whether the fracking process harms underground water. It depends on who you ask.
Josh Fox received money from HBO to make a movie called Gasland. The documentary reached great heights as it was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary based on a small theatrical release. Josh Fox, a little known theater director, became a darling of the anti-fracking movement. The highlight of his film was a scene where a resident of Dimock Township, Pennsylvania, lit his water on fire. That would scare most people and it certainly did. It left critics questioning the viability of the fracking process. Except for some Irish filmmakers
Previously, Ann McElhinney had made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). McElhinney and her team had made two prior movies about what McElhinney characterized as environmental scares. After seeing Gasland, they decided that they needed to look into the matter.
What they found was water in major portions of America can be lit on fire. That is because it contains hydrocarbons. They found this from simple research. What they also found was that fracking is not some new thing. It has been going on since it originated in Kansas in 1947 not exactly new technology. What has changed is that new technology has allowed for drilling that is horizontal once you drill down, allowing one well to access a much broader area.
So they set out to make a movie because they had doubts about the claims made in Gasland. The movie they made is FrackNation, which recently debuted in theaters in Los Angeles and New York. The movie has not received a fond reception amongst the anti-fracking crowd. That crowd made a claim the film was funded by you know who - the Koch brothers. As the producers delineate in the film, all of the money was raised on Kickstarter. If you go to the website you can see that as of March 2, 2014, they raised $212,266 for the project.
The FrackNation team went to Dimock to find out what the facts were there. The people interviewed in Gasland were a small group who were part of a lawsuit against people doing oil and gas development in the local area. Many of the remainder of the Township was interviewed by FrackNation which found out the facts were a little different. These people wanted the development. They stated that the elements in the water had been in their wells for as long as they can remember. The principal couple in the lawsuit and the ones who set their water on fire had their water analyzed by the state environmental unit. They found nothing wrong with the water. The EPA analyzed their water twice and found no problems with it. FrackNation filmed the reporting of the EPA to the local couple who reacted violently as they had during a chance encounter with the filmmakers on a local road.
When FrackNation attempted to interview Josh Fox about their findings, he refused to answer questions. Josh Fox initially questioned the filmmakers credentials and then ignored them.
An interesting part of the film was when they diverted to discuss the benefits of the oil and gas being produced by the new findings -- not just the jobs, but the overall effects on our economy. Concurrently, we have been confronted with new geopolitical realities as Russia steps on the Ukraine. The Russians hold sway over the country largely because of supplying natural gas to them. What would be if the United States flooded the world with newly developed sources that would take that weapon out of Putins hands? What if we spread the process of fracking to other nations like Mexico, thus freeing them from the yoke of supplies from anti-Democratic suppliers? What would happen to the people of Venezuela if petrodollars no longer flowed in to give their dictatorial leaders control over their lives? And then there is the Middle East.
When I asked Ms. McElhinney why she thought the Left so dislikes fracking, she stated it is because it upsets their agenda to rid the world of hydrocarbons as an energy source. She stated The Left has grabbed on to Gasland because it scares the masses. It does not matter whether the film is factual, it fits their agenda.
Lisa Jackson, the former Director of the EPA and no friend of oil and gas, twice yes, twice -- testified to Congress that there is not one case of water contamination from fracking. Yet, the left continues on with the City of Los Angeles recently banning fracking in city limits until it can be proved there is no harm from the process. One would guess that after almost 70 years, over a million wells and a left-wing EPA Director testifying to Congress, if this has not convinced them then the question is what will?
FrackNation will soon be available on Netflix. Watch Gasland and FrackNation for yourself and come to your own conclusions. I did.
If it messes up water supply, don’t frack.
It always does depend on who you ask. If you ask someone who knows what they are talking about with the scientific knowledge and the experience to speak intelligently, they will tell you that fracking does not affect drinking water.
If you ask the environmental lobby who are completely ignorant of the technology and have no experience, they will deliberately lie and mislead you to think that it does harm drinking water. The press, naturally, listens to the ignorant liars, people of their own ilk.
Throw down the gauntlet to these tree-huggers-—until you come up with a cleaner, more efficient way of getting these much-needed resources out of the ground, we’re going to keep on fracking. Just saying “No” is unacceptable.
Fracking is not new....Only the politicians have changed. It’s all about taxes!!
All the FRAKS of Battlestar Galactica
I’m profrackin’ so does that make me a bad person? Some of the anitfrackers have already started the fear mongering here in NV. Not only will the profrackers RUIN the water, we’re gonna be responsible for an increase in ERFQUAKE activity too. Shame on me. Now it all this frickin’ frackin’ would kindly lower my fuel bill................. I know, I know. It doesn’t mean my bill will go down. Ever. Maybe.
Frack, Frack, Frack, then Frack some more.
The biggest problem that the Enviro’s have with Fracking (and horizontal drilling) is that it puts more energy in the hands of the people at a cheaper price. The Enviro’s are hoping that we all go back to the stone-age, and new energy technologies are preventing that.
Well if the lefties want to do something to oppose the fag-hater Putin, they will support Fracking now.
“Frack Baby, Frack”
Previously, Ann McElhinney had made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). McElhinney and her team had made two prior movies about what McElhinney characterized as environmental scares. After seeing Gasland, they decided that they needed to look into the matter... The movie they made is FrackNation, which recently debuted in theaters in Los Angeles and New York. The movie has not received a fond reception amongst the anti-fracking crowd. That crowd made a claim the film was funded by you know who -- the Koch brothers. As the producers delineate in the film, all of the money was raised on Kickstarter. If you go to the website you can see that as of March 2, 2014, they raised $212,266 for the project.Liberals lie, because liberals are liars.
I used to Frack. But that ended shortly after my wedding day.
The Saudis are paying for all the anti-fracking propaganda.
The whole well water contamination schtick was rampant in my area. It was very difficult to change some peoples minds that their "well" was not tapped down to 6000 ft. Out my way, Marcellus fracks from 6000 to 4000 depths in a spider web type pattern. There are now three fracking rigs in a 10 mile square area and let me tell you, all sorts of new toys are showing up around this area and lots of home improvements. The royalties are kicking in.
Side note, does anyone know (realistically) how long a well can actually produce for? (broad question, I know, just looking for an average is all).
Natural gas in a drinking water well is nothing new.
A couple decades ago I worked in SW CO. A customer showed me how he could light his well tap water. Very proud of the show, he was.
He even collected it to run his cooking stove. Found out later this was probably a really dangerous thing for him to do, unless he had learned how to do it right. Asphyxiation and explosion risk.