Fighting ‘fracked gas,’ activists fracture facts

Environmental activism has produced a new pearl of provocative meaninglessness: “fracked gas.” What’s fractured in the completion technique demonized by extremists is, of course, rock. Nobody fractures gas. There can be no fractured—or “fracked”—gas. But why worry about facts? The phrase “fracked gas” crackles with menace and amplifies the manifold distortions of environmentalist propaganda. A letter from 16 pressure groups to President Barack Obama regrets the administration’s alleged support for hydraulic fracturing and “your plan to build liquefied natural gas export terminals along US coastlines that would ship large amounts of fracked gas around the world.” The letter targets Dominio...

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