Appalachian Basin

The ‘Top Ten’ Mistakes Letterman Made on HF

Energy In Depth teams across the country set out to talk to locals in their regions following David Letterman’s rant against hydraulic fracturing this summer. The EID Marcellus team, Rachael, Joe and Nicole, had a great time visiting some of our region’s beautiful countryside like Joe’s home area of the Hudson Valley, the Delaware Water Gap and Nicole’s community in Lycoming County. We hope you will enjoy the end result.

This summer, David Letterman used his perch as a late night TV host to rant against hydraulic fracturing as some sort of environmental nightmare, reciting the same debunked talking points (water contamination, flaming faucets, etc.) that we hear from professional opponents of oil and gas development on a daily basis.

Most folks are smart enough to know that Mr. Letterman is neither a scientist nor a go-to expert on well completion technologies, something the “Late Night” host volunteered at the beginning of his soliloquy: According to Mr. Letterman himself, when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, “I’m not smart enough to understand it.” (you don’t say!)

Nonetheless, to quote The Dude, this aggression will not stand.

So in the spirit of David Letterman’s trademark “Top Ten” segments, EID has produced a top ten of its own: The Top Ten Mistakes David Letterman Made on Hydraulic Fracturing.

The video is embedded below, and it can also be viewed on YouTube.


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