Analysis: Anti-Fracking Documentary Loaded With Inconsistent Science

Image: Analysis: Anti-Fracking Documentary Loaded With Inconsistent Science Josh Fox

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 05:15 PM

By Andrea Billups

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A new documentary film opposed to fracking — a hydraulic natural gas extraction technique — offers inconsistent and misleading claims, an analysis by the Washington Free Beacon suggests.

Gasland Part II, a sequel to 2010's Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, relies on faulty data and outright falsehoods to make its environmental claims, the Free Beacon said, outlining several points in the film made by environmental activist Josh Fox that bear scrutiny.

The paper said scientific and government experts had refuted claims made in the documentary, citing policy reports and studies that suggest fracking is not the environmental conundrum some activists have made it out to be as the nation attempts a shift to more affordable energy sources readily available at home.

The paper cited several faulty assertions in the film.

The documentary makes the claim that water contamination is the result of fracking, as opposed to any one of a litany of potential natural causes. The EPA has refuted the charge, with the analysis recalling EPA administrator Lisa Jackson telling Congress in 2011, "I am not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself affected water. In no case have we made a definitive determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater." Jackson said.

The article also takes issues with the documentary's claim that fracking causes earthquakes.
While the film's director attempts to tie normal seismic activity and fracking, government scientists say it's not the case.

"We find no evidence that fracking is related to the occurrence of earthquakes that people are feeling," said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Bill Ellsworth in releasing a study on the issue.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Passengers Push Plane on Icy Russian Runway (With Help of a Tractor)

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 20:45 PM

Passengers on a Russian plane got off to push the aircraft to help get it on the runway after it began slipping on ice i . . .

Bernie Tiede, Convicted Murderer Mortician, to Get New Sentencing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:39 PM

Bernie Tiede, the mortician who was convicted of killing his companion Marjorie Nugent in 1996, will receive a new sente . . .

Chrysler Pentastar Logo Getting Phased Out With FCA Formation

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 15:51 PM

Chrysler's iconic Pentastar logo is being phased out as the company introduces a new logo in keeping with the newly form . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved