The movie “Gasland” presents a terrifying story of the dangers of fracking. It’s terrifying, but not quite true.
On the movie website, www.gaslandthemovie.com, the current gas drilling boom is called the largest in history. It credits Halliburton for developing the drilling technology known as fracking, as if the mere mention of Halliburton would evoke the negative feelings about big oil and greedy capitalists.
The information on the “About” page shows a picture of a guy wearing a gas mask while playing a banjo, with drilling rigs in the background. That kinda gives you an idea of where it is coming from.
But not so fast. This oil and gas boom comes at the same time as we are getting predictions of the highest energy costs ever for the American consumer. Shouldn’t this boom be good news?
From the beginning it’s been my instinct to want to celebrate the Eagle Ford shale boom in South Texas, but I’m trying not to celebrate too soon.
While many curse the truck traffic and others worry about water contamination and earthquakes, I can’t help but stand in awe at the jobs created in an area of South Texas that was just about ruined by a historic drought.
Suddenly, the local job market is exploding.
It was with great delight, therefore, that I watched a video showing “FrackNation” producer Ann McElhinney interviewed before her speech to CPAC.
She and Phelim Media, LLC are countering the lies told in Josh Fox’s scary movie “Gasland.” These are the same producers who countered Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” with their own documentary.
Producer Fox claims to have discovered a “trail of secrets, lies and contamination.” He plans his movie to be broadcast on HBO through 2012. This, presumably, is to set on fire the environmentalists, as if they needed setting on fire.
To cool the fire, the directors of “FrackNation” have researched the process and want to answer questions. It was their aim just to prevent a firestorm based on incomplete information.
McElhinney speaks with a great deal of passion and conviction.
“Fracking is a miracle,” she says forcefully. Just as blunt is her T-shirt emblazoned with the words: “Fracking Brilliant.” She laments about the amount of natural resources available in America that remain undeveloped because of regulations.
She explains the lies of sustainability (as in Agenda 21). People using electric cars don’t “connect the dots,” failing to realize that the electricity used to power them comes from ... you guessed it ... burning coal! How does that make the air cleaner?
Fracking has gone a long way toward improving economies in depressed areas of the country and has saved many large farms from being sold to developers who would turn them into more subdivisions.
McElhinney further explains that just a couple of decades ago, many environmentalists touted natural gas as the “clean energy.” Now that it has become cost-effective, it is no better than coal.
She also addressed the issue of earthquakes, as many are suddenly noticing earthquakes in areas where no one remembers them before. It’s not that there were no earthquakes, but a minor rumble never made headlines. Today, every slight quake is big news.
McElhinney notes that geothermal energy also has the propensity to cause minor shifts in the earth, just as does fracking, but geothermal is currently the favored energy source among many environmentalists.
And finally, she addresses the issue claimed in the “Gasland” movie of water that can be set on fire. That, she says, is nothing new. It was happening for hundreds of years in some areas well before fracking began.
But, what a dramatic effect “burning water” has in a movie. It’s point is irrelevant, but dramatic, just like so many other claims made by environmental activists.