And The Anti-Fracking Award Goes To…

The 2013 Environmental Media Awards were a fracking good time last Saturday. The green award show, which recognizes the best films or television episodes with an environmental message, honored fracking drama “Promised Land” in the feature film category and recognized ABC’s Last Man Standing for their episode “Mother Fracker.” In the documentary category, HBO film “Gasland 2″—which warns of the environmental impact of the new F word—took home top honors.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling in to the ground in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas. Natural gas is a natural resource used for heating, cooking, electricity generation, and fuel, but the environmental impacts of induced fracking have become a contentious issue. According to, it takes one to eight million gallons of water to complete a single fracking job. Matt Damon, who has long been an activist for water conservation and sanitation, is a major opponent of fracking, and was at the EMA to receive the Ongoing Commitment Award.

Damon told the Hollywood Reporter that the “[EMA] has a really far reach and a loud voice and so much can be mitigated by changing our behavior. To get people conscious and start thinking of resource scarcity and things like that is a pretty big step.”

Other environmentally concerned celebrities like Julie Bowen, Hayden Panettiere, Malin Akerman, and James Van Der Beek were on hand.

To frack, a mixture of water, sand, and hundreds of chemicals is shot 10,000 feet into the earth, possibly contaminating nearby groundwater. Chemicals like methanol, lead, hydrochloric acid, and uranium are used in “franking fluid.” The Dangers of Fracking website claims that “there have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water.”

Energy companies and websites like have gone on the offensive to tell their side of the story. According to, fracking provides abundant and clean burning energy, strengthens local economies, and reduces America’s reliance on foreign fuel. Two months ago Columbia Law School’s Thomas Merrill and David Schizer reported that “there is little evidence so far that subterranean fracturing activity can directly contaminate groundwater, and this risk may never materialize.” The long and short: both sides of the fracking debate are in an all out war filled with university studies and quotes from notable scientists, politicians and celebrities.

Those notable, and notably rich, people gathered at the EMA’s Saturday night to pat themselves on the back for a few hours—much like the Oscars and Golden Globes. However, the self-aggrandizement associated with celebrities and award shows was trotted out for a good cause this time, albeit a profitable one for the stars in attendance.


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Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

heather g.
heather g.2 years ago

It's rare to come across one person that actually supports fracking. Does she own shares?

On the other hand, thank you to all those Care2 readers who are well-informed about the further damage to our world.

Ros G.
Ros G.2 years ago

Thanks Barbara...natural gas and crude oil are very easy to laymen's terms you just had to drill down through the ground then tap and cap..very clean and cheap. Yes much better than to have the scarring of underground and open cut coal mines. "Hydrofracturing" is now being used as an extraction method because they are dealing with a different form of gas and oil. We are running out of natural gas and crude oil and this is the alternative type..shale, tar sands, etc gas and oil so a different method had to be found. As it is a relative new method of extraction we really won't know the full effects for quite some time. We don't have shale where I live..we have something far more deadly..antimony

Barbara D.
Past Member 2 years ago

Ros, that's correct if you're only referring to *hydrofracturing* ~ most people's perception of *fracking* ~ which has only been used extensively since 2003-2005.
The majority of our wells now do utilize hydrofracturing technology.

B J.
BJ J.3 years ago


Ros G.
Ros G.3 years ago

Spammer flagged..Barbara what method of fracking are they using to get the gas out? I also live in an agricultural area (NSW Australia)..dairy farms, cattle, crops..and the type of gas we have is Coal Seam and not natural gas. If your wells have been in place for 40years..fracking wasn't used back then.

Dave C.
David C.3 years ago

noted...we need to get off all oil, nat gas, coal asap!!!!

Barbara D.
Past Member 3 years ago

Ravaged???? I'd like to know where. This land is straight off a picture postcard!
The only thing that's ravaged Pennsylvania is coal. Miles and miles of barren black hills of waste products, mine subsidences, tunnel fires, buildings coated with black soot.....
No thank you, we prefer fracking.

Barbara D.
Past Member 3 years ago

I live in N.E. PA on the Marcellus Shale bed in one of the largest producing areas in the country. We have over 1500 active wells in the Tri-County area, 17 within walking distance of my farm and 2 on my property. Welcome to Dimock, PA, the anti-fracking lobby's poster child.
Surprise!! We are all alive and well, our dairy cows are thriving, our water, air and soil are not contaminated. The only effects natural gas has had on our area are zero unemployment, county services, a refurbished and equipped hospital, 3 renovated and equipped school systems, our defunked family farms are running again, businesses are opening, we have actual roads instead of jeep trails, we have police and fire departments, our taxes have been cut, we were given assistance to convert to gas and pay minimal cost for gas from our hefty little royalty checks all courtesy of the Company.
SB, if you're referring to Promised Land ~ when the film crews arrived (with their trucks of bottled water for us poor residents - HaHa) they discovered they had nothing to film and were laughed out of town. That movie was pure...Hollywood...dadadada.....Hollywood!

Ros G.
Ros G.3 years ago

Yes Barbara...the difference is natural gas does not need to be "fracked" to get to it. Are they fracking your area???