Gasland Director to Save Us All From Dangers of Energy Independence

posted at 9:22 am on February 19, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

If you’re like me – and I’m certain most of you are – I know one thing you can never get enough of is Hollywood media types using their entertainment platforms to lecture the “little people” about politics and national policy. The next one stepping up to the batters’ box is Josh Fox, director of the anti-natural gas drilling hit piece, “Gasland.” Having been nominated for an Oscar by his left coast friends, he may be using that high profile event to make sure that nobody is endangered by our efforts to develop natural gas resources here in the United States.

WASHINGTON — Oscar nominee Josh Fox wants President Barack Obama to order a national moratorium on the natural gas drilling procedure call hydraulic fracturing.

Fox, nominated for his documentary “Gasland” about environmental problems associated with hydraulic fracturing, made his plea Thursday at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol.

“The point is, that he has to wake up to this now,” Fox said. “We would like to educate him. We would like to bring this to him.”

Oh, yes. If there’s one thing the president needs it’s to have some encouragement to further shut down any development of domestic energy resources. And it looks like he’ll get an earful.

Gasland was nine parts fantasy with a few sprinkles of propaganda on top. Fox’s efforts to depict rural homes as ticking time bombs awaiting only the right spark to set off natural gas explosions was opportunistic and sensationalized. Are there homes in rural Pennsylvania (among others) where natural gas leaks out of the water faucets in homeowners’ sinks? Yes, indeed there are. I’ve seen it myself.

In an area scores of miles away from the site of any drilling in known history.

The lands above the Marcellus play are rich with natural gas. When you drill a water well for your home – going down a couple hundred feet to reach the aquifer – you will frequently disturb pockets of gas which then makes its way up to the surface. That’s just what happens when you drill in the ground out here for any reason.

I’ve toured the modern natural gas rigs in use today. They drill down not hundreds, but thousands of feet to reach the really rich deposits in the shale beds, and then turn to drill out horizontally from there. The drill holes use two and three nested layers of pipes, each of which is permanently sealed with cement and drilling mud to prevent gases from coming back up through the wells. The rigs themselves are built on vast insulated pads to catch any spills which may happen at the surface due to catastrophic cascading equipment failures. (An event which happens less frequently than blue moons.) And when the rig is finally done and the resources played out, they don’t even pull the pipes out of the ground. They seal them off forever to protect the environment.

And here’s the real kicker: to protect themselves from environmental lawsuits, energy companies have taken to inserting probes into the ground for miles around all proposed drill sites before the first drill bit digs into the ground. Guess what? In these areas, they found natural gas seeping out in almost all of the test sites and ground water before they even began work.

The ground is full of gas. That’s why we’re there looking for it. Trying to pretend that the entire area was free of it until some nasty energy company came along to drill may be a convenient way to pocket a big payday from a lawsuit, but it’s not a reflection of reality.

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The China Syndrome‘s legacy is still hurting us. This latest propaganda piece is piling on.

itsnotaboutme on February 19, 2011 at 9:25 AM

The US must become the only country in the world to not use it’s own natural resources!!!!! It’s the only way to save Gaia, and the solar system, and the universe!!!!!!!!!!!!

We must kill the US!!!!111!111!1!!11!!!!!

-random enviro-nazi

darwin on February 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM

This man is nothing but a self-serving hyprocrite.

He cannot make it out of the bathroom first thing in the morning without encountering something directly or indirectly that was made possible through the use of natural gas.

There’s a good chance that the hot water in his shower is heated with natural gas. The interior plants in his bathroom, there to spare him the noxious odor of his own natural gas, is fertilized with nitrogenous fertilizer produced with natural gas.

You get the picture. He’s an elitist moron who has no appreciation for how vitally important energy sources such as natural gas are to the quality of his life.

I only wish that he could be placed in an episode of The Twilight Zone where he is thrust into a world that he imagines.

Better yet, send him to the Middle East and let him live in the cave that he so very much wants us to regress to living in.

These people make me sick and I am finished being tolerant of them.

turfmann on February 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM

The practice to drill more than hundreds of feet has been around since Spindletop.

The practice establishing a baseline before drilling began in Louisiana and Northeast Texas. Correct, that there has been NO increase in gas content in well water, in fact, it drops.

Kermit on February 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Just more fear mongering from the Hollyweird types who see a disaster and make money off their junk science. Do they want us all to freeze to death up north? We can’t all live in Southern Calif.

Kissmygrits on February 19, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Yes, Yes, Yes……we need more “evidence” provided to the Wrecking Ball in the Oval office to work his magic on America.

It’s only a matter of time till “BIG GAS” takes it’s place next to “BIG OIL” and “BIG PHARMA”.

But I’m sure we’ll be seeing from the Communist ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN/MSNBC/etc new terms to add to the American lexicon like…..”BIG UNION”….”BIG LAW”….”BIG CAMPUS”….”BIG LIB”…..right we’re going to be hearing those new terms right? right?

>>>crickets chirping<<<<<

PappyD61 on February 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

60 MINUTES / DATELINE / MSNBC special on the evils of Natural Gas in 5…..4…..3…..

PappyD61 on February 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Obama will buy into the problem easily, and jump on it immediately. He has nothing else to worry about at the moment

Yoop on February 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Kermit on February 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I didn’t know it was that old, but do remember it as a kid in West Virginia during the 60s.

We need a group of politicians that are willing to tell the enviros to frac sand. It’s time to just start ignoring the EPA and other agencies that are forcing the country over a cliff.

TugboatPhil on February 19, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Shutting down the natural gas drilling industry in this country would not only lay us completely prostrate to the whims of Middle Eastern despots, but would lead to a major economic depression, considering the enormous amounts of money and jobs that that the oil and gas producers pump into the national economy.

JFS61 on February 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

The practice to drill more than hundreds of feet has been around since Spindletop.

The practice establishing a baseline before drilling began in Louisiana and Northeast Texas. Correct, that there has been NO increase in gas content in well water, in fact, it drops.

Kermit on February 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

He’ll get his Oscar like Algore and this will become fact in schoolrooms across the country before the truth is known spoken.

darwin-t on February 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

What a gasbag!

pilamaye on February 19, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Barry got gas? Try TUMS(tm).

Yoop on February 19, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Good to see Michael Moore has a understudy!///sarc..:)

Dire Straits on February 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Shutting down the natural gas drilling industry in this country would not only lay us completely prostrate to the whims of Middle Eastern despots, but would lead to a major economic depression, considering the enormous amounts of money and jobs that that the oil and gas producers pump into the national economy.

JFS61 on February 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Which is exactly why the Obama administration will pursue it with the zeal not seen since mankind sought to land on the moon,

turfmann on February 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Bo doesn’t understand America and by the 2012 election the people with the pitchforks will be after him.

tim c on February 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

The Left is also attacking the fracking process used in the Bakken oil feild now…….

It almosts as if they didnt worry about it until the size of the oil field was found big enough to make a diff.

then they just had to find a way to limit the supply from it if possible.

One could almost say, in the big picture—the left wants to cut off energy, cause an economic crisis—–and then when they’ve used that to wrest control—turn on the energy supply and crow how they are the economic answer.

sbark on February 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Whenever I see someone holding his hand up the way this guy is while making a speech, with his index finger and his thumb touching, guaranteed he’s talking down to his audience. Guaranteed!

ncjetsfan on February 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies!

Now I know what that well spoken young adult was talking about in Wisconsin.

Electrongod on February 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

enough of these guys.

ted c on February 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Eh, these fools would someday be whining about the dangers of solar power and wind; “Stuff gets hot! And you could be blown over and scrape your knee!”

Bishop on February 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM

His Nobel Peace Prize is in the mail.

Akzed on February 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Hollywood just needs to shut it’s collective trap.

OmahaConservative on February 19, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Gasbags, I like it, thanks.

Jayrae on February 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

His Nobel Peace Prize is in the mail.

Akzed on February 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM

and his movie is being sent to school districts across the country to be used as teaching aids in science classes.

darwin-t on February 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Dynamite stuff: Environmental Defense Fund Admits Propaganda Effort Against Natural Gas Exploration is Bunk

“Multiple EPA studies have shown fracking is safe and effective, but the propaganda effort got the attention of congress. In March, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., held hearings on whether the practice should be federally regulated rather than regulated at the state level. After issuing subpoenas to eight energy companies, Waxman dropped the probe.”

The Environmentalist Are Not On Your Side

“There is no source of energy, no matter how clean, that left-environmentalists won’t oppose if it becomes practical to scale up.”

(Includes a great map of new energy formations.)

slickwillie2001 on February 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

With the Left defiantly choking off every practical domestic source of energy, even the clean ones, it requires a willful suspension of common sense not to attribute anti-capitalist, anti-American motives. It almost compels the conclusion that environment issues are mainly camouflage for a global redistribution of power, privilege and money.

petefrt on February 19, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I saw part of this the other day. It is complete horse $hit.

BigWyo on February 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Hardly surprising from a portion of the population where the Sun always shines on their panels and a constant breeze turn their turbines.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

More pseudo science BS from the left, what’s new?

Fracking fluid is 99% water and sand.
Fracking is safe, per the EDF:

Interviewer: Do you believe that this technique can be used safely?

Scott Anderson (Senior Policy Advisor at the Environmental Defense Fund): Yes, I do. I think in the vast majority of cases, if wells are constructed right and operated right, that hydraulic fracturing will not cause a problem.

strictnein on February 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

It doesn’t matter what is true. What matters is what you convince people is true. Thee people aren’t talking to you or me. They are talking to people who are predisposed to believe that all energy exploration and production is wrong because it is poking a hole in mother earth Gaia. And oil and gas companies are inherently evil.

mchristian on February 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Hollywood is a gas, gas, gas.

profitsbeard on February 19, 2011 at 11:10 AM

This is the reason why I gave up on watching Hollywood-These morons keep intruding upon my way of life and creating hell.

hawkman on February 19, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Fox lies! Fox lies! Fox lies!

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on February 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM

With the Left defiantly choking off every practical domestic source of energy, even the clean ones, it requires a willful suspension of common sense not to attribute anti-capitalist, anti-American motives. It almost compels the conclusion that environment issues are mainly camouflage for a global redistribution of power, privilege and money.

petefrt on February 19, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Well, duh. The so-called “environmental movement” was founded and continues to be run by a lot of dedicated Marxists who think they can use “environmental protection” as the wedge to shut down capitalism once and for all. They have effectively played on people’s fears, and used Hollywood as an important propaganda tool to generate fears about everything from nuclear power the internal combustion engine. If “The China Syndrome” had never been made, we would probably have about 20 times the number of nuclear power plants than we have in America today.

rockmom on February 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The Soetoro regime has proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the goal is to leave America prostrated in front of our enemies.

Rebar on February 19, 2011 at 12:01 PM

All this sudden hysteria over frac’ing (the lefties learned a new word, and they’re so excited over it, it’s kind of cute!) seems to be part of a coordinated effort to keep the US from accessing it’s own cheap abundant fossil fuels. Cheap natural gas makes alternative energy too expensive to use.

juliesa on February 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

“When I passed through New Jersey in 1764, I heard it several times mentioned, that, by applying a lighted candle near the surface of some of their rivers, a sudden flame would catch and spread on the water, continuing to burn for near half a minute.” – Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Priestly, 1774.

Obviously the result of hydraulic fracturing by the British. No wonder we revolted. It wasn’t the tea, it was the methane!

JSchuler on February 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

The very last thing Obama and the Liberals want is for us to be Energy Independent. They want gas to be so expensive that we are all forced to drive the tuna can with the solar panel on top. he has stated that he wants gasoline to be $10 a gallon, well it is $4 and $5 now, it won’t take a lot to push it up to $10. Obama is an enemy of the United States and a whole bunch of uneducated and over educated fools elected him and will try to again in 2012. NO MO OBAMO!!!!

old war horse on February 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

“When I passed through New Jersey in 1764, I heard it several times mentioned, that, by applying a lighted candle near the surface of some of their rivers, a sudden flame would catch and spread on the water, continuing to burn for near half a minute.” – Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Priestly, 1774.

Obviously the result of hydraulic fracturing by the British. No wonder we revolted. It wasn’t the tea, it was the methane!

JSchuler on February 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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Beautiful, I love it!!!!

old war horse on February 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

All this sudden hysteria over frac’ing (the lefties learned a new word, and they’re so excited over it, it’s kind of cute!)…

juliesa on February 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Lesson learned. Call the next retrieval system democrating.

Yoop on February 19, 2011 at 1:23 PM

With the Left defiantly choking off every practical domestic source of energy, even the clean ones, it requires a willful suspension of common sense not to attribute anti-capitalist, anti-American motives. It almost compels the conclusion that environment issues are mainly camouflage for a global redistribution of power, privilege and money.

petefrt on February 19, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Yep. I wish someone would make a documentary about that.

Django on February 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I’ve watched Gasland and I must say that it is a very provocative piece of work. The visual documentation of once pristine clean open lands filled with prong-horn antelope, elk, rivers full of fish, etc., and other natural wildlife and natural beauty that are now covered and dotted with gas wells, drilling rigs, collection tanks, huge generators and huge evaporation pits full of chemicals and non-potable waste water for thousands of square miles and from state-to-state nonstop, among other attention getting visuals, was pretty darn powerful.

I was completely unaware and I had no idea until I watched Gasland.

The film of some of the energy corporation bigwigs attending hearings and inquiries on the State and Federal levels where hydraulic fracturing and other drilling and collection practices by the giant energy corporations were being investigated, and their unwillingness to answer direct questions and divulge information that are so-called ‘trade secrets’ was also quite telling. Their lack of candor, to me, was very telling indeed. It was very reminiscent of the old Tobacco corporation hearings of not so long ago.

However, despite the bad taste left behind after seeing the visuals and watching/hearing the corporate bigwigs choke on their refusals to answer simple questions and divulge some very pertinent information as to the chemicals and processes they use and ultimately dump into evaporation pits in the once pristine wilderness, after watching the entire thing start to finish, I was left feeling hungry for more information– and a bit angry too.

This is about a whole helluva lot more than just water coming out of the spigot that you can light on fire. Based on what I saw and heard with my own eyes and ears in Gasland compared to what I’ve just read here in this post by Jazz Shaw, I am now left feeling like this post is a some attempt, and a weak attempt at that, to deflect from what is probably more than likely the actual truth.

…and I’m still left hungry hungry for more information.

FlatFoot on February 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

What is this dickheads alternate source of energy that will run his movie projectors?

ericdijon on February 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I wish I had a lot of natural gas in my water. Then for a couple hundred hundred dollars I would build a separator and associated equipment, and begin saving a lot of money on energy bills.

Slowburn on February 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

FlatFoot on February 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Did you also think that Al Gore’s ‘Convenient Lie’ was also a documentary?

Slowburn on February 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Cheap natural gas makes alternative energy too expensive to use.

juliesa on February 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

How can that be, when EPA is funding developers to build wind machines to run the wind turbines when the wind doesn’t blow.

petefrt on February 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Did you also think that Al Gore’s ‘Convenient Lie’ was also a documentary?

Slowburn on February 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Not even close to the same thing by any stretch of the imagination.

But thanks for playing.

FlatFoot on February 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

There are people who, consider a lack of knowledge of their subject a credential. These people delight in coming up with impractical and unworkable “new ideas” founded upon ignorance and politics.

These “new ideas” are naturally inferior to all of the “old ideas,” because the “old ideas” were based on actual knowledge, actual experience, and actually solved a problem and contributed to the advance of society. The perpetrators of the dysfunctional “new ideas” actually revel in their dysfunctionality and claim they are “making a difference”: boldly implying that a “difference” is somehow automatically a morally-superior improvement.

But and people who run around firebombing society insisting that we tear down everything which makes society work and replace it with things which cannot possibly ever work are simply destructive societal vandals and arsonists.

These people were formerly called “fools,” “heretics,” “buffoons,” “kooks,” or “criminals”: now we just call them “Liberals.”

landlines on February 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM

FlatFoot, you realize you’re falling for a carefully edited piece of propaganda? The “bigwig” responses you’re seeing are only the responses he wants you to see.

Wake up, grow up, and ignore the watermelons.

Crawford on February 20, 2011 at 9:15 PM