Fracking coverage: Still more flagrant, fragrant lies

Jan. 9, 2013

By Chris Reed

EWfrackCalifornia’s potential for an enormous natural gas/oil boom if hydraulic fracturing — “fracking” — is allowed to free up our vast natural gas and oil reserves means we should pay close attention to the dishonest war against the process.

The recent leak of a New York state report in which environmental regulators found no major issues with “fracking” is another confirmation of what I wrote for CalWatchdog last month: Fracking has long been common and uncontroversial, and green activists only chose to hate on it when it became efficient. This is a pretty juicy angle, don’t you think? It’s as cut-and-dried a display of green dishonesty as you will ever see.

But instead of anyone mentioning this, we continue to see state and national coverage treating fracking as a new, mysterious phenomenon. And we see propaganda matter-of-factly presented as plain truth. Here’s a double shot from Entertainment Weekly’s coverage of “Promised Land,” the new anti-fracking movie. First from Los Angeles-based reporter Solvej Schou, this lie:

“The movie, starring and co-written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, has shone a spotlight on the continued controversy surrounding hydraulic fracking — a relatively new, environmentally controversial method of extracting natural gas from the ground …”

That is groan-worthy, but Entertainment Weekly’s New York-based critic Owen Gleiberman‘s review of “Promised Land” is even worse:

“The process of extracting the gas — fracking — is a chemical-drenched dirty business that leaves the land toxic …”

fracking.equipEven by the media’s low standards, this is pathetic. It’s time to once again quote from a Newsweek article from Oct. 30, 1978, headlined “The New Gas Bonanza” — specifically, from a long analysis piece that placed fracking at the center of one of the big energy stories of the late 1970s:

“In many parts of the Northwest, large deposits of shale laid down in the Devonian age contain quantities of gas estimated at 10 trillion to 600 trillion cubic feet. The advantage of the Devonian deposits is that their gas is close to the surface of the earth — and also to gas-starved markets. Their big disadvantage is the tight grip the dense shale holds on its gas, frustrating attempts to make it flow fast enough for economical production.

“Experiments are under way to enhance the flow through advanced hydraulic fracturing. Coarse sand, bauxite pellets or glass beads are mixed with fluid pumped into the shale under high pressure to crack the rock and wedge the cracks open to allow the gas to escape.”

That is from 34 years ago. If fracking was even vaguely as bad as Owen Gleiberman claims, America would be covered with toxic swamps from our 1 million fracked wells.

Yet the media would have us believe this history never happened. We have always been at war with Eastasia.


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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 January, 2013, 10:28

    The Scientific Ignorati.

    Remember there is one thing film writers, film directors, film producers, film actors, and film reviewers have in common: None of them has taken a science class in their lives.

    Resumes from college are chock full of B.A.s in the liberal arts, theater, film production. Some may even have learned to write fairly well through their English majors. But anything that contains even a whiff of the Scientific Method? Math is hard.

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  2. Burt Wilson
    Burt Wilson 9 January, 2013, 14:16

    There you go again, Chris! More misleading propaganda for the fracking industry, tryingto make us believe that frackingis OK for California. If you are right, which you are not, then you would want to see California turned into an industrial wasteland by the oil and natural gas drillers. It’s money, Chris, it’s all about money and when something nefarious if promoted to the extenta that lies seem like the truth, then you can be assured that money lies at the root. You will soon eat your words.

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 January, 2013, 15:48

    “…industrial wasteland…”


    If only we should be so lucky. “Industry” left long ago. One thing this state could actually use is a few more smokestacks and the well-paying jobs that go with them.

    Don’t worry, Burt. You and the Green lobby will see to it that we never produce another car, mold another tire, or assemble another plane. Forget about cutting down another tree or damming another river.

    We’ll just shuffle along with “sustainable” jobs in the service sector, servicing the 1% in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Un/under-employment at 20%, and an increasingly surly and growing underclass.

    You win, Burt.

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  4. Joe R. Silva
    Joe R. Silva 9 January, 2013, 19:02

    Fact 1. Facking in shale is not the same as fracking in an oil formation. The EQUIPMENT is the same the PROCESS is not.

    Fact 2. Oil formations a usually a porous rock zone confined between two none porous layers, usually tilted so oil and gas flows to the upper part of the formation. Shale is uniform, dense, and non porous.

    The ability determine what id progressing in an oil formation or a shale formation during fracking is inherently limited, and the energy co.’s would cry proprietary information before they would share that information with reulators.

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  5. Hondo
    Hondo 9 January, 2013, 22:02

    Of course Mr. Burt Wilson doesn’t own a car nor even drive in one. Even public transportation is dependent on Big oil.
    And I’m sure Mr. Wilson would still swap spit with Al Gore who just sold his media company to BIG OIL for a 100 million dollars in his dirty pocket. And he is heading back to his house that uses 20 times the electricity as a normal 3 bed house the rest of us live in.
    Mr. Wilson, you are so full of it, your eyes are brown.

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