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Gas Co. Uses ‘Terry The Fracasaurus’ To Teach Kids Fracking Is Cool

Gas Co. Uses ‘Terry The Fracasaurus’ To Teach Kids Fracking Is Cool

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 wellĚ (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.

Related Reading:

Democrats Rally To Demand Fracking Liquid Disclosure
Gas Co. Investors Demand Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals
How To Avoid Fracking And Oil Spills In 2011
Natural Gas Fracking Threatens Drinking Water (Video)

via Grist

Image Credit: Flickr -†marcellus protest

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10:15PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

So now they BULLY children with a stupid mascot? That is disgusting!!! I suppose they think that children ignore their parents and the fact that they are AGAINST FRACKING? The fight is on jerks of corporate!

5:19PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Can this company be indicted for child abuse?!

4:58PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

The land will never go back to the way it was. We need to look for different energy sources, because gas still contaminates.

2:41AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Fracking needs more work before it is fit for use anywhere near humans.

6:25PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

How stupid do they think kids are?

4:33PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Frack frack, gassy frack, gimme a frack and I'll frack you back!

9:53AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Terry the fracasaurus doesn't even look like a dinosaur, he looks more like a frumpy old Republican.............oh wait, that IS a dinosaur.

12:49AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Fracking is a new assult on the earth,by global companies pandering to their share holders,
[oh sorry forgot looking for new energy resorces] A what cost to the rest of us.Trying to draw our children into this dangerous way of thinking with a colouring book,I am lost for words.

10:16PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Obama has released 30 million barrels of the USA Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That means that the Middle East can't make up that short fall. That means we are in the age of peak oil. Fracking is a desperate last ditch effort. As is waiting for the north pole to melt. What boggles my mind is what stops the countries of the world devoting 1% of there military expenditure to solving this soon to be crisis of unimaginable proportions. Shut down the space program, Cern, etc and get these genius to earn their keep.

6:24PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Click on "coloring book" in the article. You can print the PDF for your coloring pleasure (warning: it will PISS YOU OFF!).

Tom Y,
I am opposed to the global caliphate, yes indeed, but poisoning our own children to get back at SA doesn't make sense at all.

I hear WY has worse smog than Los Angeles due to fracking. Is that really what we want?

"Frack" them if they think we're going to bend over and take this. Any politician that wants to drink a full 12 ounce glass of frackwater/flaming tapwater while I watch (or have THEIR kid drink it), I might listen to, other wise, like I said, "frack" off!

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