John Froelich of the Ohio Auctioneers Associations says Truthland brings to light “facts” and “evidence” to dispute “preposterous ideas” in Gasland.
Last December, EPA released a draft report on water quality in tiny Pavillion, Wyo., which was immediately seized upon by opponents of natural gas development in the United States (and even around the world) as smoking-gun proof that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water. Never mind that the paper hadn’t been peer reviewed, or that within a few months the EPA to backtrack and admit that its testing procedures were inadequate, suspending peer review altogether until new sampling could be completed. Just two months after the release of the draft report, EPA Region 8 administrator Jim Martin told a House panel in no uncertain terms that the agency had not established a “causal link” between hydraulic fracturing and water contamination.
Fast-forward to today. Shale opponents have now seized upon yet another “report” (from Cornell, where else?) that supposedly links poor infant health (specifically low birth weight) to natural gas production. And, once again, the paper has not yet undergone peer review — the very process that helps sort out, at least in theory, legitimate scientific conclusions from simple suppositions or even outright activism. In fact, left unmentioned by the activists cheering the release of the paper is the fact that the author, Elaine Hill, is a graduate student in applied economics and management — hardly a field that one would expect to include complex epidemiological assessments.
Energy In Depth Debunks one of the anti-natural gas communities oldest tricks in the book. Taping exhaust fumes with FLIR cameras and claiming the vapor is fugitive methane emissions.
Steve Mathlens, a Morgantown, West Virginia resident shares his thoughts on how Truthland changed his opinion of shale development following last night’s screening
Carrie Sherwood, from Connellsville, Pa., reflects on new perspectives she learned from attending a recent screening of Truthland.
Bridget Furby, a West Virginia resident who attended the film’s screening in Bridgeport, provides her reaction to Truthland