Art Reflecting Life: Hydraulic Fracture, a.k.a. "Drill, Baby, Drill" -- Killing Ourselves Not So Softly

From Popular Mechanics Reviews:

When filmmaker Josh Fox got a lucrative offer to release his family land for natural gas drilling, he didn't sign it—instead, he went out to investigate the drilling process, known as hydraulic fracturing, and its effect on the environment. The technique, developed by Halliburton, has opened up new land in 34 U.S. states to drilling. At a time when the U.S. is dependent on foreign countries for most of its energy and the country is in the midst of a recession, the appeal and immediate benefits of the technique are obvious. But on his 24-state journey, Fox discovers that in disparate areas affected by drilling, streams have turned toxic, aquifers are ruined, livestock is dying, residents are ill—and their tap water is flammable.

Here's the clip they provided:

For those interested in more reading, there's a short list of pieces on hydraulic fracture already available on ePluribus Media over the fold.

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Hydraulic Fracture: The Truth About State versus Federal Regulation

... chemicals are used near their drinking water and allow hydraulic fracturing to be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Industry is ...

Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:45 - 3 comments - 0 attachments

Cheney Helped Halliburton Hide Secrets About Dangerous Chemicals in YOUR Drinking Water.

... recommend over there.
H.R. 7231 to Close the Hydraulic Fracturing Loophole That Is Fracing Up America's Water.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracing) is a drilling technique that was developed by ...

Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:42 - 6 comments - 0 attachments

Hydraulic Fracturing: Your Money or Your Life

... regulation of one part of natural gas production called hydraulic fracturing. It also opened up another loophole for stormwater runoff under the ...

Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:45 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Close the Halliburton Loophole

... Congress Should Close the Halliburton Loophole
Hydraulic fracturing should be regulated under the
Safe Drinking Water Act

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Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:46 - 4 comments - 0 attachments

Hydraulic Fracture Fluid Kills 18 Cattle Near Chesapeake Well in LA

... ( Jim Hudelson/The Times ) That sure sounds a lot like hydraulic fracturing . In 2005, at the urging of Dick Cheney, former Halliburton CEO, ... no need to worry because the industry tells us that hydraulic fracturing is perfectly safe and never , ever contaminates any ...

Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:46 - 1 comment - 0 attachments

Officials Suggest Gas Drilling Technique is Safe, Then Acknowledge Lack of Evidence

... Drinking Water

Well Duh! Like I said: If hydraulic fracturing is so damn safe, why does Big Oil need exemptions?
In two ... a significant environmental impact associated with [hydraulic fracturing], which has been in use in New York State for at least 50 ...

Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:46 - 3 comments - 0 attachments

New Studies: Natural Gas Development Releases Amazing & Very High Levels of Toxins into Air

... pollutants . Flaring has caused acid rain in Nigeria. Hydraulic fracturing also releases toxins into the air:
 

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Blog entry - TXsharon - 02/06/2010 - 10:47 - 3 comments - 0 attachments

We knew how to profit, not how to protect.

... a result of chemicals used in a drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." ... (Climate Disruption, Coal, Fossil Fuels, FRACKing, Hydraulic Fracture, oil) ...

Blog entry - Unenergy - 02/06/2010 - 10:41 - 2 comments - 0 attachments

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he was wearing the Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS t-shirt I gave him under his suit.

Thanks for posting this. Josh recorded about 3 hours of interview with me but I don't know if any of it made the movie. He didn't interview me until pretty late in the game and I think just about everything to say had already been said.

I will, of course, have to look for you now. :)

If I see you, I'll wave.