Campaign Manager, Energy In Depth - Northeast Marcellus Initiative
Like many who grew up in the Upper Delaware River valley, the mere mention of Gasland has grated on me like Roseanne Barr singing the national anthem. It’s not just the facts he got wrong or the truth he distorted. You expect that sort of thing from Josh Fox and it didn’t take long for Energy In Depth and several others to correct the record on the flaming Colorado faucet, Dunkard Creek and the rain rot present on some of the animals pictured. No, what was so offensive was the sheer arrogance, condescension and pretense that pervaded the movie from the very beginning.
Locals like me knew there was no $100,000 offer, knew Fox was never the owner of the land in question and knew he was anything but part of the community from which he claimed to spring. We knew the very premise of the movie was fake, from the start. But, truth always outs, eventually. Now it has in the form of a movie called, appropriately enough, Truthland. Moreover, the storyteller in this case isn’t a spoiled avant-garde showman from New York City pretending to be a country boy, but the real deal, a Susquehanna County mom, dairy farmer and teacher by the name of Shelly, who is everything Fox is not - sincere, honest and forthright, with a real stake in the future of our region.
President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York
One day I answered a call from a filmmaker who was looking for a farmer who might want a closer look at the issues surrounding natural gas development. Other than an open mind and an inquisitive nature, the filmmaker didn’t give me many requirements for this person. Immediately, a childhood friend came to mind. Shelly is a mom and farmer and I’ve always known her to speak her mind and to tell the truth. I saw this journey as more important than Shelly’s trip. I saw it as a way to telegraph important information to thousands of landowners who also wanted to know the truth about natural gas development, but wouldn’t get the chance to go on a nationwide trek to do so. I knew Shelly would be the perfect messenger, because she had firsthand experience with a gas well on her property; a son who worked for the industry; and because she is originally from NY and wanted to help get the truth out about natural gas issues among people whose rights to develop their own land had been taken away.
As the president of the 70,000 member Joint Landowners Coalition, I am all too familiar with the misinformation spread by Gasland. In Truthland, various experts respond to those claims and separate fact from fiction on issues surrounding natural gas development and fracking, such as water, use of chemicals, methane migration, and whether livestock, crops and people are affected. Various experts point out how Gasland was misleading and led to erroneous conclusions in an artful and folksy way that encouraged believability.
U.S. Steel workers describe how natural gas development helped them get their jobs back following layoffs in 2009
“We’ve never had one case of frac fluids going down the gas well, coming back up and contaminating someone’s water well.” - John R. Hanger.
Learn what the President, federal government officials, state regulators and independent academic experts have said regarding the safety of natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing. Follow this link
John Hanger, featured in Truthland, discusses the safety of natural gas development at a recent event with the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York
President Obama’s Science Advisor agrees with countless experts that hydraulic fracturing has never contaminated drinking water.