Debunking Gasland Part II

As many of you know, we put together a comprehensive debunk of Gasland Part II shortly after the film premiered in New York City in April. Since then, we’ve continued to expose the fraud that forms of the core of both Gasland and Gasland Part II, as well as director Josh Fox’s insistence on repeating false and deceptive talking points about shale development.

But not everyone has the time to read through a 7,000-word blog post that details the laundry list of flaws with Gasland Part II. People are busy, they already know the movie is promoting a nonsensical agenda, but they also want something to digest quickly. What are they to do?

To answer that question, EID is releasing a new, simple infographic that highlights four of the biggest whoppers from Gasland Part II: well “failure” rates, greenhouse gas emissions, regulatory compliance, and that infamous flaming hose. Granted, we’ve covered each of these in individual posts (see here, here, here, and here, respectively), but now we have a one-stop shop for folks who need to debunk Gasland Part II on the go!

You can download the infographic here, and it’s also embedded below. Enjoy!

eid infographic

  • tiffany
    Posted at 5:12 pm, January 02, 2014 Reply

    Your first fact is not debunking anything. In Gasland they were not speaking about Ohio specifically, that was your fact not his. Your other fact about taking away the from the people is also incorrect. In California the citizens in LA are desperately trying to get laws passed so that the process is regulated, as of now it isn’t!

  • Joe Schmoe
    Posted at 8:11 pm, January 26, 2014 Reply

    So, the conclusion of a state government agency not even involved in environmental protection and whose elected officials are heavily funded by the agency is “fact”, but the actual scientific analysis of the water itself is false?

    How is “fact” #2 true, when studies have shown that more methane is leaking from pipeline than is actually used. But, even if that were not true, how can you increase methane production by 40% and reduce emissions by 20%. That makes absolutely no sense.

    • Steve Everley, Energy In Depth
      Posted at 11:34 am, January 27, 2014 Reply

      Hi Joe,

      The state government agency you’re referencing is either the Railroad Commission or the Groundwater Protection Council. The former has been regulating oil and gas development in Texas for more than a century. The latter is a consortium of state groundwater regulatory bodies. Your claim that these entities are “not even involved in environmental protection” is objectively false.

      You reduce emissions while increasing production by investing in new technology. If you reduce leaks, then emissions decline, which is exactly what the EPA has confirmed has been happening. We’re not aware of any study (much less “studies”) that corroborate your claim about more methane leaking from a pipeline than is actually used. From a practical perspective, that would be impossible.


      • Dawn
        Posted at 7:29 pm, October 06, 2015 Reply

        Um, pretty sure that the movie makes a consistent claim that states are NOT enforcing the regs. So what does it matter if those two authorities claim they’ve checked things out? The documentary tells a very logical progression of facts that would lead any reasonable person to conclude that the state is in fossil fuel’s pocket. I hope everyone takes it upon themselves to watch the documentary. With skepticism – absolutely, bring a healthy dose of that when you watch any documentary!

  • A_Har
    Posted at 11:00 pm, September 06, 2014 Reply

    Pennsylvania Finally Reveals Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water Hundreds Of Times

    by Katie Valentine Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:28 am Updated: August 29, 2014 at 10:25 am

    “For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations.

    As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties having the most incidences of contamination.

    In some cases, one drilling operation contaminated the water of multiple wells, with water issues resulting from methane gas contamination, wastewater spills, and wells that simply went dry or undrinkable. The move to release the contamination information comes after years of the AP and other news outlets filing lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests from the DEP on water issues related to oil and gas drilling and fracking.”

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