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!