Here We Go Again: Gasland Part 2 aka Josh Fox In a Tinfoil Hat

Well, we’ve been hearing that the sequel to the documentary, Gasland, has been coming for 2 years and it looks like it is finally within striking distance.  If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years then you don’t know that Gasland is a 2010 documentary by Josh Fox that purported to shine a light on the dangers of fracking.  The original documentary has been most thoroughly debunked by a laundry list of experts, independent studies, and a recently released documentary, FrackNation.  Energy in Depth and the IPAA also produced a rebuttal documentary called TruthLand, although none of these debunkings have gotten as much press as the original inflammatory documentary.

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The Tribeca Film Festival recently announced their lineup for the 12th edition of the festival, which is set for April 17th-28th in New York City.  One of the 33 films spotlighted will be the world premier of “Gasland Part 2”, they describe it as follows:

Two years ago, Josh Fox introduced us to hydraulic fracturing with his Oscar®-nominated exposé Gasland. Now this once-touted energy source has become a widely discussed, contentious topic. In his follow-up, Fox reveals the extreme circumstances facing those affected by fracking, from earthquakes to the use of federal anti-terror psychological operations tactics. Gasland Part II is the definitive proof that issues raised by fracking cannot be ignored for long.

As you can see the flair for the dramatic still exists, and I’m sure the ‘facts’ will be ripe with misrepresentations such as the ones we have previously seen.  Just the description alone looks like a guy who thinks the ‘men in black’ are out to get him.

If you’d like to see a more grounded representation of the facts, then check out the following resources:

FrackNation – www.fracknation.com

TruthLand – www.truthlandmovie.com

All in all, I doubt that Gasland 2 will be much of a big deal — and likely will blow over fairly quickly for the general public.  I think it is important for us in the oil and gas industry to keep abreast of these types of propaganda, inevitably some landowners will ask about the things they see.  After the documentary has aired I’m sure our industry associations will come out with some literature or publications that addresses the concerns that will be raised — and I think that’s the best way to deal with it.  Don’t attempt to argue about the (de)merits of the documentary, just point them to factual information that debunks the lies.  If the facts don’t convince people, then arguing with them wouldn’t have convinced them either.

Do you have any other great resources debunking the myths that have been propagated by Josh Fox and his documentary?  Tell us about them in the comments below!

Randy Young

Randy Young

Randy is a land consultant with experience in field and in-house land work, land administration, and software consulting with systems used in the land management business. He is an active member of the AAPL, HAPL, and NHAPL and is a regular attendee of industry functions.

Randy’s latest projects have included land data systems integrations, with a focus on Quorum Land System.