Obama interior secretary shreds fracking foes — LAT omits

May 18, 2013

By Chris Reed

Say what you will about The New York Times, but at least it’s not in denial about fracking the way The Los Angeles Times is.

Friday’s LAT coverage of new U.S. Interior Department rules for fracking on 756 million acres of public and Indian lands depicted the rules as being strongly objectionable to both enviros and the energy exploration industry.

The NYT coverage made the industry whining seem more pro forma and offered this essential point that the LAT couldn’t bring itself to point out:

“The 171-page proposal is the first significant regulation issued under the new interior secretary, Sally Jewell. Ms. Jewell worked in the oil industry in the late 1970s and proudly said that she fracked a few wells in Oklahoma.

“Ms. Jewell said in a conference call for reporters that the administration would continue to lease large tracts of public and Indian lands for oil and gas development and that it was critical that rules keep pace with technology.

“Anticipating criticism from environmental advocates, she said: ‘I know there are those who say fracking is dangerous and should be curtailed, full stop. That ignores the reality that it has been done for decades and has the potential for developing significant domestic resources and strengthening our economy and will be done for decades to come.’”

NYT quotes Obama Cabinet member; LAT quotes flack

The L.A. Times’ account put in the “fracking is safe and has been around forever” context by quoting an oil industry trade association spokesperson. The NYT quoted THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR!

Quite a gigantic difference. But than the LAT’s Neela Banerjee and Wes Venteicher and their editors can’t have Times’ readers knowing the Obama administration likes fracking, can they? It doesn’t fit the West L.A.-Marin County-NRDC narrative.

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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 18 May, 2013, 10:13

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the Koch brothers are seriously considering buying The Tribune Company? I pray it is so. The simultaneous head explosions would easily register a 4.0., probably centered somewhere around Brentwood.

    A couple weeks ago, the LA City Council put forth a motion to voice its disapproval…….

    “……Three Los Angeles City Coun­cil mem­bers — in­clud­ing may­or­al can­did­ate Eric Gar­cetti — asked their col­leagues Tues­day to con­sider pulling city pen­sion money from the in­vest­ment firms that own the Los Angeles Times if they sell the pub­lic­a­tion to buy­ers who do not sup­port “pro­fes­sion­al and ob­ject­ive journ­al­ism.”….”

    A DOUBLE BONUS!…….First, the extortion. Then there’s the implication The Times in its current form “supports pro­fes­sion­al and ob­ject­ive journ­al­ism.”

    You really CAN’T make this stuff up.


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