Gasland Fraud

The movie Gasland last year attempted to document the dangers of fracking in natural gas fields.  The accusation is that the procedures opens up paths in rock for gas and fracking chemicals to contaminate drinking water, even through thousands of feet of impermeable rock.  I don't know much about the topic, but I was suspicious the movie was yet another example of environmentalists opposing any sort of energy source.

The most memorable part of the film was when the move makers showed how tap water in one town, I suppose near some recent fracking activity, actually could be lit on fire due to the methane in it.  Wow, this looked compelling.  Somehow gas was getting in the water system -- must be the fracking, no?

Well, it turns out tap water in this area has had problems with methane since at least 1936, over a half century before fracking ever came into use.  Reports from the 70's from state agencies discussed the problem.

Well, of course the director of the movie would be embarrassed and would look into it, right.  Hah, just kidding.  Just as Erin Brokovitch didn't want to hear about scientific studies disproving her so-called cancer clusters, the director actually knew about this history and ignored it.  Specifically, he said the historic information about methane in the water was "not relevant."

Phelim McAleer has the whole story, including a video the Gasland director is working hard through legal channels to suppress.


  1. Craig:

    John Stossel exposed this video several weeks ago.

  2. Mike:

    To Mr. McAleer.

    In the words of one history's great ethicists, Mr. Star, I say:

    "Liar, liar, plants for hire"

  3. IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society:

    Environmentalists LIED? Naaaaawwwwwwww. Cain't Be.

  4. Mike C.:

    Two points...

    First of all, the word is "fracing", not "fracking." How many "professional jounalists" mis-spell it is irrelevant.

    Secondly, fracing as a well treatment method (and I mean hydraulic fracturing as opposed to "shooting") dates from the 40s, so 1936 predates it, but not by half a century.

  5. Ted Rado:

    Once some zealot gloms onto something, he will twist the facts, emote, lie, and do whatever is necessary to push his viewpoint. If you want a good current example, see input from "renewable guy" in the Climate Skeptic section.

    This brings up a point that is dear to my heart. If we who comment on these blogs really want to make a positive contribution, we should make our comments factual and logical, leaving out zealotry and emotional outbursts. In this way, we can have an influence on things, rather than be viewed as a bunch of nuts.

  6. Ian Random:

    Great next thing you'll tell me is that the movie Silkwood was a fraud. (Unverified just found it the other day)