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Editorial: Telling the whole ‘fracking’ truth about Eagle Ford
From the publisher...February 29, 2012 | 2,373 views | 4 comments
The changes brought about as a result of the oil and gas exploration in South Texas are hitting home.
Increased traffic is noticeable throughout Wilson and surrounding counties, and RV parks are springing up everywhere. Most communities were caught off guard by this sudden development and now are scrambling to put appropriate control measures in place.
This increased activity leads to changes, and change always brings questions. To help, the federal government is ready to implement more regulations in the name of protecting the public. With the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ready to expand its oversight, some worry about interference with the current economic boom in South Texas; others welcome the protection of the federal agencies.
One new word in the local lexicon is “fracking,” which is the hydraulic fracturing process that makes the increased exploration and production possible. Fracking forces water into the shale formations far beneath the earth’s surface, using a lot of water in the process, and then requires disposal of that water, which has some concerned about safety.
Increasing that worry, however, are movies such as “Gasland” that tell a terrifying story of the dangers of fracking. Unfortunately, a lot of what is presented distorts the truth and preys upon people’s natural fears of the unknown.
After watching “Gasland,” one movie producer, Ann McElhinney, began her own journey to discover the truth. She watched the movie in horror as water was set on fire, but then began to research the phenomenon. To her surprise, she found that burning waters occurred long before fracking began. Towns such as Burning Springs, Ky., and Burning Springs, W. Va., are so-named for their burning waters.
“Gasland” only tells one part of the story, or, as McElhinney writes, it is “intellectually incomplete.” It did not mention that burning water is not new, and neither are the earthquakes currently making headlines.
In short, McElhinney concludes that fracking and the resulting production and economic development is nothing short of “a miracle!” It presents a chance for this country to be energy independent in a way that will not break the bank, unlike the highly subsidized and unprofitable wind and solar farms that mar our country’s landscapes.
“Fracking has already caused the price of natural gas to drop by 80 percent,” McElhinney said in one of her interviews. “It is the best thing that’s ever happened.”
Of course there are questions still to be answered. I would encourage readers who want to know more about both sides to watch one of the many online interviews with McElhinney, as you likely will not see them on the network news. One such interview was at the 2011 CPAC convention. Go online to view: http://bit.ly/wcnFrackNation.
If nothing else, her British accent makes her interview a delight to watch -- and, yes, she is a “recovering European.” McElhinney is working with Phelim Media, LLC to produce an answer to the scary “Gasland” movie. (They are the same producers who countered Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” with their own documentary, “Not Evil Just Wrong.” )
Their latest project, called “FrackNation,” is currently being funded by public contributions. They have collected $122,453 from 1,717 backers thus far. They need to collect $150,000 to make it happen, and they still have 38 days left before their deadline. Interested parties can donate as little as $1 to become official backers and be listed as “executive producers” in the movie credits. To donate or to read more about the project, go to this website: http://bit.ly/xKchAm.
“FrackNation” will tell the truth -- the whole truth -- about fracking, and I will be among those listed in the credits for this “fracking good” movie. It’s good to know both sides of an issue as we face the changes coming our way.
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