More propaganda for the country's sheep. I am always surprised at how hard people work at destroying.
In what may be interpreted as a backlash against the Oscar-nominated environmentalist film “Gasland,” a new production titled "FrackNation" has received an eye-popping $22,000 in donations during its first two days on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
"Gasland"is a searing critique of the oil and gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has come under intense scrutiny by environmental groups and the EPA. "FrackNation" co-creator Phelim McAleer says that his new film seeks to give voice to those longtime residents in gas-drilling areas who support fracking.
Previous films by McAleer and the film’s co-creator Ann McElhinney, including "Mine Your Own Business," critique the environmentalist community for getting in the way of industry and jobs for working people. It is not clear if any of the 252 Kickstarter donations come from gas and oil interests directly. This film, McAleer says, started when he went to see a presentation by Joshua Fox, the director of "Gasland."
"I live in Marina del Rey, California. I have no interest in gas. I’m a journalist and I went to a Q&A by Josh Fox, and asked him some difficult questions and got some interesting answers,” McAleer says. The two of them began a discussion of the footage in the film in which homeowners ignite the natural gas that comes out of their taps. "He knew that people could light their water for decades before fracking started. He said he didn’t include that in the film because it wasn’t relevant."
Anti-fracking protest outside Governor Cuomo's address
By: Kat De Maria
As Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his Executive Budget address in Syracuse Wednesday, protesters were outside with their own message, speaking out against hydrofracking in New York State. Our Kat De Maria has the details.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.--"Hey hey, Cuomo, hydrofracking's got to go!" chanted the protesters. Their message is loud and clear.
"We're just demonstrating today and also speaking our minds, sending Governor Cuomo a message that we don't want fracking in New York State," said Renee Vogelsang, an organizer with Frack Action.
The message is also well-rehearsed. The people spreading it are a small group representing organizations from Central New York and the Southern Tier who essentially follow the governor.
"We really need to get the ear of Governor Cuomo, wherever he is. He's obviously talking about the budget today. We certainly want to make sure there's no money, there's nothing in the budget that has anything to do with hydraulic fracturing," Vogelsang said.
College trustees facing fracking decision
Meanwhile activists announce local town meeting
Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2012 13:02
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College has some 300 acres of land in Lawrence County that energy companies want access to when it comes to Marcellus Shale gas well drilling. College officials confirm that companies are making offers to access the mineral rights beneath the campus.
While they will not say how much is being offered, the Westminster board of trustees must now address the issue. President Rick Dorman says the drilling will go on all around the campus and the board must now determine a policy on how the campus community manages it.
Dorman stresses the board does not have a position of supporting or opposing the hydraulic fracturing practice, known as fracking. Hydraulic fracturing is a process for extracting gas by injecting high volumes of water and chemicals into deep wells. It is a controversial process heralded by energy companies praising the production of new energy resources and jobs. Activists have decried it as untested and dangerous to the environment and health of local residents.
Erratic U.S. Oversight of Gas Fracking Cited by House Democrats
By Katarzyna Klimasinska - Feb 8, 2012 3:20 PM CT
Oversight of drilling and hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on federal land is “erratic and inconsistent” and in a decade led to about $300,000 in fines, according to report released by U.S. House Democrats.
The Interior Department avoids imposing fines for violations such as deficient casing and cementing, which may lead to tainting of drinking water, and lets some companies break rules while imposing penalties for identical breaches by competitors, according to the report on the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats’ website. The analysis covered cases from 1998 to 2011.
The $22K was probably donated by the drillers and gas companies.
It would be in ones interest to have his well water thoroughly tested before fracking begins on adjoining land to prove contamination caused by fracking. It appears that evidence seems to be a problem in winning law suits for contaminated water.
Incidents where hydraulic fracturing is a suspected cause of drinki... Lists a few cases of water contamination. There must be a lot of them.