Updated: July 24, 2013
A Partial Peek At Gasland Part II (no longer available)
on Jul 11, 2013
In the 2010 Oscar®-nominated exposé Gasland, director Josh Fox profiled hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the process of injecting a pressurized mixture of water, sand and chemicals down a drilled well, causing layers of rock deep in the earth to crack and release natural gas. The film inspired a national dialogue over the multi-layered environmental dangers at risk. With Gasland Part II, Fox examines the long-run impact of the controversial process, including poisonous water, earthquakes and neurological damage, placing his focus on the people whose lives have been irreparably changed.
Traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the heart of Texas and back up to the Delaware River basin, he thoroughly investigates the effects of this once-touted energy source, as well as the industry’s equally disturbing reaction to negative claims via smear campaigns and lawsuits. Gasland Part II shows how the anti-fracking movement has done its best to amplify its message while the million-dollar conglomerates employ PSY-OPS tactics to shut it down. Unnerving interviews and shocking data underscore this scathing indictment of unregulated industry in Fox’s powerful, not-to-be-missed follow-up.
Josh Fox on Gasland Part 2, the Fracking-Earthquake Link & the Natural Gas Industry’s Use of Psyops
democracynow on Jul 12, 2013
www.democracynow.org – Scientists are warning that the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may lead to far more powerful earthquakes than previously thought. Fracking injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. A new study published Thursday in the journal Science by a leading seismology lab warns that pumping water underground can induce dangerous earthquakes, even in regions not otherwise prone to tremors. The new report comes as Academy-Award-nominated director Josh Fox has released the sequel to his highly acclaimed documentary “Gasland,” which sparked a national discussion on fracking. The new film, “Gasland, Part 2” exposes how the gas industry and the government’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is highly suspect. He also discusses how drilling companies have admitted to having several former military psychological operations, or “psyops” specialists on staff, applying their skills in Pennsylvania to counter opponents of drilling. “What’s really disappointing about this is that this is a moment, when an American president has come forward and spoken about climate change, and exhibited his obvious and earnest desire to take on the problem, however, the emphasis on frack gas makes this plan entirely the wrong plan,” says Fox, noting that methane released from fracking sites is more potent than other greenhouse gases. “Moving from coal to frack gas doesn’t give you any climate benefit at all. So the plan should be about how we’re moving off of fossil fuels and onto alternate energy.”
MrEnergyCzar on Jul 23, 2013
[…] In a moment, we’ll here what others are saying about this. Oil drilling and fracking wastewater is being injected back into wells. Can you imagine how much it would cost to have it processed as industrial waste above ground? There was a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Oklahoma. This has been linked to oil drilling waste water being injected back into wells. It has been shown that injecting the waste water back into the wells increases the pressure, lubricates the seismic fault and can cause man-made earthquakes. The larger dilemma here is that we’re getting desperate trying to replace the cheap conventional easy oil. People will have to accept the risks of increased man-made earthquakes, tar sand pipeline leaks and other environmental concerns. Or we can try and feed our economy with ever increasing energy prices which will of course not allow it to grow. Of course, without this growth, the debt based monetary system may collapse. Let’s see what others are saying about the earthquakes. […]