Pathetic media never report Obama’s support for fracking

March 12, 2013

By Chris Reed

fracking.equipIt’s bad enough that the media consistently depict hydraulic fracturing as new when it’s been around for 60-plus years. But what’s also amazing is that the California media covering the state government’s ongoing attempts to develop “fracking” regulations — including occasional contrarian Dan Waltersnever mention the fact that the Obama administration has basically said full speed ahead. The U.S. Energy Department accepts the consensus of regulators over the past 40 years that fracking to access oil and natural gas reserves is just another heavy industry — one that’s fairly dirty but manageable.

I made this point in a U-T San Diego editorial which noted fracking’s immense potential to create an economic boom in the Golden State:

“What few seem to understand, and what the media have rarely emphasized, is that the Obama administration dismisses [environmentalists’] alarmism about fracking … .

“This is why the president’s first energy secretary, Steven Chu, said: ‘We believe it’s possible to extract shale gas in a way that protects the water, that protects people’s health. We can do this safely.’

“This is why the MIT physicist the White House recently nominated to succeed Chu, Ernest Moniz, described the risks to water posed by fracking as ‘challenging but manageable.’

“This is why the president’s first Environmental Protection Agency director, Lisa Jackson, told a House committee that she was ‘not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.’”

Have you seen this context in any MSM story about California’s regulation of fracking?


The same pathetic bunch that ignored the downside of AB 32 until this year has ignored the fact that fracking has Obama’s blessing.

Pretty amazing.


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  1. sandcanyongal
    sandcanyongal 14 March, 2013, 13:40

    In Kern County… Here is a video of a hearing held on November 13, 2012 regarding contamination of wells in Wasco & I think Shafter. Their lawyer and farmers addressed the Kern County Board of Supervisors pleading for help because farmers cherry and almond trees are dying from fracking below their orchards. The lawyer contends the County is in violation of the Brown Act, petroleum companies are drilling and putting fences around the surface areas, removing trees, the wells have high levels of chlorides and other chemicals, 40 of one farmers trees have died with very low yields. I apolize that the sound comes through for only about 20 minutes. Here is the link to the Kern County site of where you can watch the hearing for this public comment which is about a total length of 1 hour 45 minutes.

    Youtube link with sound for 23 minutes:

    Kern County Board of Supervisors link to full video.
    Instructions. Click on below link. Find November 13, 2012 2:00 pm hearing video. The public comments from the attorney and farmers start at about 4 minutes or so. (You can’t make this stuff up!)

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