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.
Pastor Bowman’s completed natural gas well behind Mount Tabor Christian Center. Doesn’t look disruptive does it? That’s because it’s not.
EID Special Correspondent
Publisher – Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
It was MDN’s pleasure to attend a screening of the newly released Truthland movie this week at the Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, New York. Truthland is a short film, about 34 minutes in length, that takes as its mission the debunking of Josh Fox’s well-known movie Gasland.
The star of Truthland is a Pennsylvania woman by the name of Shelly. She and her husband Phil and their children live on a farm in northeastern Pennsylvania—land that’s been in Phil’s family for the past 120 years. They leased their land for shale gas drilling several years ago, and then along came Gasland with wild claims that hydraulic fracturing is hugely dangerous. The movie raised red flags and questions for Shelly and sent her on a journey to find out the truth (or as it turns out, half- and un-truth) about Gasland. This movie (watch the trailer below) chronicles her quest to get her questions answered.
Shelly appears on the David Madeira show this am on 94.3 FM “The Talker” discussing Truthland: Dispatches from the Real Gasland
“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.
John Froelich of the Ohio Auctioneers Associations says Truthland brings to light “facts” and “evidence” to dispute “preposterous ideas” in Gasland.
Team Lead, Energy In Depth
They say that 82.3 percent of statistics are made up on the spot. Watching the video released by Gasland star Josh Fox last week – cleverly titled “The Sky is Pink” — one wonders whether that figure might be in need of a slight upward adjustment. It is yet another example in Fox’s ongoing campaign to sway the public against natural gas production using unfounded fear. When compared to scientific fact, and experience, this latest assertion is easily disproved.