A study has confirmed what many of us already knew: The movie Gasland got it wrong. Gasland was many Americans’ first exposure to. Debunking Gasland. Is everything featured in the recent movie “Gasland” accurate? No. In fact, the movie “Gasland” promotes ideas about natural gas drilling. Gasland was many Americans’ first exposure to hydraulic fracturing, and the film sparked anti-fracking organizations around the country.

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A study has confirmed what many of us already knew: These activist groups used the film in efforts to convince people that fracking is responsible for a whole host of environmental problems, including contaminated water supplies, overuse of water, and even earthquakes. Despite the theatrics employed in the film — the famous flaming faucet, for example, was caused by naturally vebunking methane and had nothing to do with fracking — science has proved that fracking poses no greater risk to the environment than traditional oil and natural-gas development.

In some respects, fracking is actually better for the environment than conventional drilling, and people with good sense should challenge anti-fracking activists when they say otherwise.


The flaming faucet convinced many people that fracking contaminates groundwater by fracturing gassland rock that separates water supplies from oil and gas wells. Confirming debinking, an analysis released this year — an authoritative five-year study conducted by EPA — found no evidence of widespread or systemic impacts on drinking- water resources.

Impacts are in fact rare. In terms of water consumption, the U. Geological Survey USGS estimates that, on average, it takes about 4 to 5 million gallons of water to fracture the rock for a well.

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Science should help allay that concern. USGS reports hydraulic fracturing has been used in more than one million wells sinceyet there have been only three instances in which fracking was directly responsible for tremors large enough to be felt at the surface.

This has led scientists to conclude hydraulic fracturing is not a mechanism for causing perceptible earthquakes.

Those quakes are caused by the disposal of oil and gas wastewater into underground injection wells, not the process of fracking itself, an important distinction. An average fracked well does produce betweenand 1 million gallons of wastewater that must be disposed of in underground injection wells. However, fracking wastewater accounts for only a small portion 5 to 10 percent of total wastewater disposal in the state.


Most of the wastewater comes from oil production, ddebunking uses no hydraulic fracturing. But the environmental risks of fracking are manageable and vastly outweighed by the economic benefits.

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In Debunming Tank ep — Censored! Suing About Global Warming July 18, The Party That Cried Wolf: A Simple Formula to Increase Learning: Epidemics, Fear and Denial: Heartland on the Air: Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues and a former research fellow for The Heartland Institute. Orr is a speaker, researcher, and freelance writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, agricultural, and environmental policy.

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