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Natural Gas Industry Attacks Oscar-Nominated Film "Gasland" for Chronicling Devastating Impact of Hydraulic Fracking


Environment  (tags: Gasland, documentary film, director Josh Fox, Hydraulic Fracking, Environmental Impact, health risks, contamination, drinking water, toxic chemicals, Health, FRAC Act, Natural Gas Industry, attacks, campaign, discredit Gasland, )

LucyKalei
- 1239 days ago - democracynow.org
Josh Fox, director of documentary Gasland, speaks out on gas industry's year-long campaign to damage film's credibility. 'Our rebuttals to every single 1 of their lies posted are at our website. ..Science backs up what citizens on the ground are saying..'



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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:40 pm
Take Action! @ http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/take-action Take Action!

We can't stop Fracking without you. Pick up the phone, send and e-mail, start an organization, show GASLAND... JUST DO SOMETHING! http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/take-action

CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
AND LET THEM KNOW YOU SUPPORT THE FRAC ACT

FIND OUT ABOUT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
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CHECK OUT ACTION ALERTS
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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:44 pm
THE PROBLEM
Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is one of the country's biggest environmental and public health challenges in history. The 2005 Energy Bill exempted a controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which allowed the natural gas industry to unleash a massive 34-State drilling campaign.



OUR GOAL
The objective of our campaign is to precipitate the passage of the FRAC Act. Our goal is to get 500,000 Americans to contact their Representatives and voice their concern.



Contact Elected Officials - http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/take-action/contact-elected-officials

KEEP DRILLING TOXICS OUT OF OUR DRINKING WATER

TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT THE FRAC ACT
We need your help to pass the FRAC Act - twin bills in the Senate (S 1215) and House (HR 2766) that remove the exemption to the Safe Drinking Water Act for fracking and call for the disclosure and monitoring of the chemicals used in the process. Contacting your elected officials is critical to its passage.

http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/take-action/contact-elected-officials

Enter your zip code in the area provided below to let your Representatives know where you stand.

 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 4:45 pm
See HBO trailer of GASLAND - http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/trailer
 

Marti Williams (170)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:27 pm
True..the gas suppliers don't want the public to know the truth...
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:51 pm

Watch "GASLAND" on HBO Monday, June 21 at 9PM. If you do not have HBO the movie is also available for sale and On Demand. The public must know the facts.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 5:54 pm
Thanks for the tip Kit!
 

Anne F. (17)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:30 pm
TheNew York Times has written an investigative report that details more cover up of the mess that this way of getting energy causes.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 3:56 am
If you watch this post of DN! March 04, 2011- Amy Goodman's interview with Gasland director Josh Fox, you will hear them discussing the NYTimes articles, which are linked to in the tapescript, & hear Fox expressing his gratitude for the NYTimes exposé, saying, among other things, that the Times articles "gave us much needed backup at a time when the gas industry has been attacking and attacking and attacking, in light of the Academy Award nomination, attacking the film..."
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 12:55 am

PETITION:

"BAN NATURAL GAS DRILLING IN NEW YORK STATE"
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/NY-Statewide-Ban-On-Natural-Gas-Drilling/
 

Genoveva M M. (331)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:00 am
Signed and noted. Thanks Amour for the link and PeasantDi for posting, interesting article.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:11 am

Diva, I've just forwarded a link to this post to all my care2 friends.

A couple of days ago I was intrigued by an email and spent the whole evening reading about this method. I was shocked to find out that I had totally wrong idea about the gas extraction method. I was always sure that this is not a big deal, compared to oil extraction.

I wanted to post something about fracking, but gave up because I could not follow my post properly. I had other things to do these days.

There must be more public awareness and discussion about fracking risks. Thank you for posting this.
 

Apolonia Pl (404)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:38 am
There's "Gasland" trailer on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8
 

chris b. (2474)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:41 am
Well you would not expect them to enjoy having their dirty washing aired for all to see now would you!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:57 am

A Nurse almost dies when contacted with the "fracking fluid:
http://www.propublica.org/article/buried-secrets-is-natural-gas-drilling-endangering-us-water-supplies-1113

America's Super Giant:
http://www.catskillmountainkeeper.org/node/290

 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Monday March 7, 2011, 3:59 am
I signed Amour's petition. I thank you Pleasant Diva for the posts. I thank you Jessica for the forward. This is one of the most disgusting forms of environment abuse. It poisons our drinking water. It makes the landscape hideous. It smells.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday March 7, 2011, 4:25 am


My friend David posted Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to Protect Your Drinking Water, a Sierra Club campaign.

Did you know that the Delaware River, which provides 15 million people with drinking water in our region, is at risk due to natural gas drilling? Did you know that the Delaware River, which provides 15 million people with drinking water in our region, is at risk due to natural gas drilling? Tell the DRBC that you want safe drinking water for your family and community, free of radioactivity!
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday March 7, 2011, 5:03 am

Bee Hive: "It poisons our drinking water. It makes the landscape hideous. It smells." ...and watter burns, too. In Gasland, a woman said that she never switch on the lights while having a shower. She is afraid that a spark may ignite a fire. Can you imagine this, can you imagine how parents with children feel in their homes where they should feel safe. I can not even start to voice my ferocity and abhorrence on monsters which put their bonuses above human life.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday March 7, 2011, 5:07 am

Excellent article about fracking (and muddy watters which follow it) from Alliance for Natural Health: A Huge Fracking Mess, Feb 22, 2011.

Alliance for Natural Health campaign:

To send your message to congress click THIS LINK to go to the Action Alert page. Once there, fill out the form with your name and address, etc., and customize your letter. We have a suggested message for you, but please feel free to add your own comments to the letter.
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Monday March 7, 2011, 5:43 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 5:55 am
Noted, thanks. Signed this petition and several others against this disastrous practice.
 

Constance F. (436)
Monday March 7, 2011, 8:01 am
Noted. Thank you for the post, as I was unaware! Signed.
 

Toni C. (508)
Monday March 7, 2011, 9:23 am
Noted... even without Gasland, people with a little common sense know the dangers of fracking.
 

JennyLynn W. (246)
Monday March 7, 2011, 9:38 am
We just have to stop this grasping, flailing, desperate-grab-at-all-costs determination to hold on to fossil fuels. It's time for us to free ourselves from this addiction that is destroying all that is beautiful and necessary for life on Earth to continue in a healthy and bio-diverse way. We have got to make the sacrifice to go Green, Lean, and Clean and we have got to get that done now.

Our children will KNOW what we were willing to do, and not willing to do, For Them!
 

Ian Donelson (149)
Monday March 7, 2011, 9:53 am
Mr. Foxes documentary and movement is both inspiring and eye opening. I appreciate his facts and his support of the FRAC Act. This is just a small portion of the problem the Energy bill in 2005 made Oil and Gas companies completely exempt for the Clean Air and Water Act as well as the Safe Drinking Water Act and others. The FRAC act will only allow for that particular procedure to be reinstated under those previous laws. We need more than that the entirety of the Oil and Gas companies need to be placed back under those vital protection laws.
Take Action:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/repeal-oil-and-gas-clean-water-and-clean-air-act-exemptions/
Thank you for help. Noted.
 

Annick Letourneau (67)
Monday March 7, 2011, 10:16 am
Thank you very much for sharing x
 

Helen Avila (175)
Monday March 7, 2011, 10:27 am
It's about time someone addressed this lethal practice!
 

ewoud k. (73)
Monday March 7, 2011, 11:17 am
Gasland can be found for free streaming on the net.

See also the NYTimes coverage: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/us/series/drilling_down/index.html

Fracking should be stopped, the environmental costs are much higher than the -be honest: small- avantage of energetic independance
 

Carol Joan Patterson (1)
Monday March 7, 2011, 11:28 am
It is urgent that the public be informed about this risky procedure. We should not and cannot be living our lives with the wool constantly pulled over our eyes.
 

Catherine Turley (198)
Monday March 7, 2011, 12:14 pm
thanks for the forward jelica.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Monday March 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
yep they do not want you to know what they do behind your back !
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 12:34 pm
The gas suppliers wouldn't try and discredit the documentary so much if it wasn't accurate.
 

Phillip I. (67)
Monday March 7, 2011, 12:44 pm
Everybody who has water contaminated by the fracking procedure should bottle several cases of it and send it to congress. They are looking for a new source of drinking water anyway......
 

Lynn J. (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:00 pm
I have read they do not even identify what all is in the fracking fluid they use. But they want to keep on fracking.
AS with the BP disaster, if there must be such a thing, there needs to be realistic safeguards in place as to depth and types and porosity of sediment involved.
 

Chris Holton (36)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:06 pm
Hey gas industry [and others]-- here's a novel concept:
Try doing the right thing in the first place. Then you won't have to attack those who tell the truth about you.

You might even work to HELP the environment rather than harm it. Then, when people document what you're doing you can proudly step up and say, "Yep, that's us!"
But such behavior would never occur to you, would it?
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:09 pm
"BAN NATURAL GAS DRILLING IN NEW YORK STATE"
Signed
For the ones who dont wish to see the dangers attached to this .. Get aware for the price the generations to come would have to pay..
 

Jean M. (3)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:12 pm
Thanks for sharing. Of course the gas industry wants citizens to be in the dark. After all this is a threat to the millions they make, while poisoning us.
 

Chris Holton (36)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:29 pm
I saw. in the news today, that fracking is being suspended. it has been linked to earthquakes.

Hey gas industry [and others, for that matter] here's a novel concept:
try doing the right thing. then, when your actions are reported you don't need to attack the messenger.
In fact, if you would HELP the environment instead of harming it, when your actions came to light, you could proudly say, "Yep. That's us!"

But, of course, that would never occur to you.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 1:32 pm
Rich white men sure do make our lives hell, don't they? It's so way past the far left fix we need.

This is what we have to do, though. I'm ready for another bitchfest vacation. It takes about 4 days to regroup and get back into the fight against the corporatism.
 

William Ford (1)
Monday March 7, 2011, 2:08 pm
Well there is no caption or no subtitle! We're not able to answer it or not make any comment. Sorry...
 

Cor v. (1)
Monday March 7, 2011, 3:45 pm
Hmmm, I like drinking tap water. I guess it is important to send the message that I like to have safe water - besides all the other environmental concerns about fr*cking
 

Terri h. (6)
Monday March 7, 2011, 4:25 pm
THEY ARE KILLING MY HOME STATE OF, ARKANAS, ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACES ON EARTH, AND THEY DON'T NO MORE CARE IF IT WERE A JUNK YARD. YES THEY HAVE THE GAS COMING OUT OF ALL THE WATER FAUCETS. NEVER BE PURE AGAIN, EVER, I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU, WHAT WE WANT TO DO ABOUT THIS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO STOP THIS, OR WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET A DRINK OF LIVE WATER???
 

Jacqueline Fonseca (29)
Monday March 7, 2011, 4:54 pm
This is one of the saddest things I've ever witnessed in my life! For every one out there who hasn't seen this movie-Gasland-check it out!
 

Ralph F. (64)
Monday March 7, 2011, 5:37 pm
Frack the gas corporations.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 5:49 pm
Of course the gas industry is on the attack. They don't want the truth revealed to the public.
 

Alejandra Vega (139)
Monday March 7, 2011, 6:02 pm
TY Diva and Jelica. People must know they're being poisoned, it will be too late tomorrow!!!
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday March 7, 2011, 6:12 pm
I haven't seen this movie yet but I did see a program about it on PBS. It is not only poisoning people but it's also poisoning Mother Earth. The sooner this procedure is stopped the better off we'll all be as well as the planet that we live on.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Monday March 7, 2011, 6:47 pm
How dare you pinko-commies question the wisdom of Dick Cheney, the Repugnicans, the Fossil Fuel Cartel and even the astroDivinely created children of the Koch Brothers the Tea Bagged, who have for years, yeah even decades, forgone their own own self-interests and made pitiful profits just to provide You Ingrate Bastards with safe, cheap, clean energy.
How dare you, bit the hand that gives you pays so much more than you in taxes, provides so many safe, healthy and well paying American jobs and that has always quickly, and I might add with no litigation, fully and at absolutely no cost, environmental or economic impact cleaned up and made right any and all minor mishaps that may or may not have happened in their selfless work to make your lives better. Oh, how dare you, you small people with small minds and no gratitude, absolutely no gratitude for the largess and infinite kindness of those who have never asked for nor received a single penny that they absolutely did not need to just keep a roof over their heads and feed their families. And now you dare, you freaking dare to question their motives and their concern for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your children and the wellbeing of this dear planet that we call home.
Well, I have never! I mean I have just never seen so many people actually, finally wake up, stand up and do what is right!
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Monday March 7, 2011, 7:08 pm
This is a good film.

Fracking is terrible stuff. We need to leave fossil fuels and gas in the ground and go solar, wind and growing our own veges, where we can!
 

(0)
Monday March 7, 2011, 7:11 pm
What are we leaving our children?
 

William Y. (54)
Monday March 7, 2011, 9:12 pm
Typical, attack the truth.
 

Juliette Calderone (91)
Monday March 7, 2011, 11:48 pm
thankyou for the article .Sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 12:52 am

Thank You Jelica*

Another great Article & Petition: worth signing* for Clean Water !!
http://www.care2.com/news/member/154563527/2739705

 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 1:19 am
Frack the Gas Companies!
Hydrogen can be produced cheaper than natural gas.
When you add the spillover cost to the environment, there is no doubt which costs more.
 

Ana R (220)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 7:01 am
Signed and noted
 

Veronika Sadilkova (10)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 7:23 am
Thanks.
 

Renee A. (4)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 8:07 am
signed & noted..
 

Patricia Geller (34)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 8:20 am
noted, thanks
 

Michael M. (35)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 1:27 pm
Oil and gas people lying ? Cmon that wouldn't happen .
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 5:32 pm
Great comments here & thanks for all the links to petitions, too.


Among Democracy Now! Headlines for March 07, 2011: "Natural Gas Companies Halt Operations Following Link to Earthquakes"

Two natural gas companies have agreed to halt new operations in Arkansas following a series of earthquakes that some scientists believe were caused by the drilling. There have been more than 800 earthquakes in central Arkansas in the past six months, including a 4.7-magnitude quake last week—the strongest earthquake to hit Arkansas in 35 years.

Relevant?
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 7:38 pm

Relevant! Mother Earth spoke in Arkansas. Sapienti sat.



 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 5:11 pm
I was very disappointed that 'Gasland' did not win the Oscar, but at least a small amount was shown. I don't doubt it at all that Mr. Fox was not treated very nicely by the gas & oil industries, as they sure don't want too many people to have any idea of what is really going on! Thanks for this Peasant Di. I haven't watched Discovery Channel lately but maybe Documentaries like this should be on at night as that is when a lot of people watch TV.
 

Susan T. (20)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 5:44 pm
PLEASE SIGN COALITION LETTER TO NYS GOV CUOMO. Walter Hang, of Toxics Targeting in Ithaca NY, has been a force in organizing in NYS. There is currently a moratorium on hydrofracking in NYS, which will continue if NYS's woefully inadequate environmental impact statement is NOT adopted, but instead the scope of study is broadened, as was "promised" in Executive Order #41. There are approximately 4,000 singers now - goal is 10,000. PLEASE SIGN HERE http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/cuomo/coalition_letter

You can also see Walter interviewed on Democracy Now! here http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/press-coverage
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday March 11, 2011, 1:37 am

Thanks Susan.

Summarized anti-fracking petitions everybody can sigh:

The PetitionSite: Repeal Oil and Gas Clean Water and Clean Air Act Exemptions

Toxics Targeting: Coalition Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding Executive Order No. 41: Requiring Further Environmental Review of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Combined With Horizontal Drilling

The PetitionSite: Ban Natural Gas Drilling in New York State

GaslandTheMovie.com: Precipitate the passage of the FRAC Act.

The Sierra Club Tell the DRBC that you want safe drinking water for your family and community, free of radioactivity!
__________________

For USA citizens:

Alliance for Natural Health: SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO CONGRESS
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Friday March 11, 2011, 2:49 am
You cannot currently send a star to Jelica because you have done so within the last week.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Friday March 11, 2011, 3:05 am
I can't be too disappointed about 'Gasland' not winning, because the documentary that did win is fantastic, riveting, militant; it denounces the Wall St vulchers behind the world-wide economic crisis & recession while reaping huge profits from the global misery -massive foreclosures, massive unemployment- they caused, & who should be in prison, as director Charles Ferguson said right off in his Oscar acceptance speech: “Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by massive financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.” 'Inside Job' Oscar-Winner Says Culprits Should Be Jailed: See 'Inside Job' Free Online & Take Action
 

Pam wilkerson (14)
Friday March 11, 2011, 3:52 am
Thanks for the infor.
 

Abo r. (100)
Friday March 11, 2011, 7:07 am
Noted thanks for the post.
jelica thanks for forwarding.
signed the following petition.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/NY-Statewide-Ban-On-Natural-Gas-Drilling/
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday March 11, 2011, 9:20 pm

More...

The PetitionSite: Ban Natural Gas Drilling in New York State

Food & Water Watch: Protect Your Drinking Water, Sign the Petition for a National Ban on Fracking!
__________________
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (79)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 2:07 pm
I've just stumbled upon this piece by a guest blogger on ThinkProgress.
As it is so full of so many links that I can't possibly reproduce them in the text here, please take advantage of the URL - http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/16/kasich-fracking-state-parks/ - to see where the links are & where they lead:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wants To Open Up State Parks For Oil And Gas Exploration

At the behest of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, an exemption was inserted into a 2005 energy bill — dubbed the “Haliburton loophole” — which stripped the EPA of its power to regulate a natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing. This method, called fracking, entails drilling a L-shaped well deep into shale and pumping millions of gallons of water laced with industrial chemicals — chemicals which the energy companies are not legally bound to disclose. The poisonous fluid fractures the shale and releases natural gas deposits for collection.

Due to the documented water contamination issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing, both New York and New Jersey have imposed bans on fracking in their states. But the public health risk doesn’t seem to bother Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and state Republicans. The Ohio House introduced a bill early this month that would create a panel to open any state-owned land for oil and gas exploration to the highest bidder. This week, in an unreleased portion of Kasich’s proposed budget, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources would be given authority to lease 200,000 acres of state park land for oil and gas exploration.

Kasich has fully endorsed drilling in Ohio state parks, saying, “Ohio is not going to walk away from a potential industry.” State Rep. John Adams (R), the House bill’s sponsor, said drilling in state parks can help erase a projected $8 billion budget deficit, and “keep our parks and our lakes up to the standards that the citizens of Ohio want.”

But the evidence proves contrary. Since 2005, large amounts of radioactive material have been found in water supplies near fracking sites, many Pennsylvanians have gotten sick, the tap water in homes near fracking sites have caught on fire, and a home in Celveland, Ohio blew up.

Responding to the threat fracking imposes on public health, Congress has directed the EPA to study how fracking affects drinking water. Reps. Diana Degette (D-CO) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have reintroduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, which would restore the EPA’s authority to regulate fracking — effectively closing the “Halliburton loophole.”
 
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