A gas drilling company recently launched a coloring book that aims to convince kids that hydraulic fracturing is safe for humans and the environment.
During the hydraulic fracturing process, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well¯ (Gasland).
The coloring book, created by Talisman Energy, features Terry the Fracosaurus, a hard-hat-wearing dinosaur who tells kids that natural gas is “one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful of all energy sources.”
In almost every picture of the coloring book, a bright, smiling sun looks down on the drilling operations. After the fracking occurs, the coloring book shows deer frolicking in a field of flowers, while a rainbow spills out of the sky. The only thing that’s changed is that there’s now a gas well-head in the middle of the field.
The book also claims that after all the gas has been extracted, “the land is reclaimed and returned to the way it was before Talisman came to drill.”
But as Care2′s Kristina Chew reported previously, environmentalists and regulators have become increasingly concerned that the fracking chemicals including toluene, xylene and benzene, a carcinogen, which are all from diesel gas are seeping out into underground sources of drinking water, in violation of the Safe Water Drinking Act.
In some parts of the country, watersheds are so contaminated from fracking that homeowners can literally set their drinking water on fire.
This blatant attempt to misinform a younger generation about the environmental and health hazards of hydraulic fracturing is shocking and shameful. Unfortunately, disseminating propaganda to children seems to have become a favorite practice of the fossil fuel industries.
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