If you’ve read Hot Air even infrequently over the last few years, you’ve seen my rather disgusted comments over the filmmaker / fabulist Josh Fox and his pseudo-documentary “Gasland.” (No link provided. You can go Google it if you like.) It was one of the most baldly outrageous pack of distortions ever packaged and sold to the country as a “documentary” about hydrofracking and the natural gas industry. This year somebody finally came up with a response to this from a basic, human perspective. It’s a somewhat shorter film called “Truthland.”
In it, one woman from a farm in Pennsylvania who was looking at leasing her land for natural gas extraction goes on a journey to speak with experts from both sides of the aisle and see what all the fuss was about and explores the alarming claims made in Gasland.
I won’t spoil the whole thing for you, but there are two takeaways I would like to share. First, the “money shot” in Gasland comes when a guy in Pennsylvania turns on the water in his kitchen sink and is able to light it because of all the flammable gasses in the area. (Presumably because of all the fracking in the area.) In Truthland, a homeowner in New York – where fracking has always been and remains illegal today- does the same thing. He lives atop a gas field, as do so many citizens of Pennsylvania, and he drilled a well for water.
The second gem comes from none other than EPA chief Lisa Jackson. I’ll let Obama’s regulatory chief speak for herself:
In no case have we made a definitive determination that fracking has affected ground water.
Please visit their excellent site, but in the meantime, here’s the film. It’s roughly one half hour, but I assure you that it’s well worth your time to watch.