Flim flam film redux

A bit more than 2 years ago, this space looked at "Gasland," a product of independent filmmaker Josh Fox. The film purports to demonstrate the safety and environmental hazards of natural gas drilling in general and hydraulic fracturing in particular (OGJ, July 12, 2010, p. 16). HBO had shown the film, after it had won a prize earlier in the year at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Since then, it has continued to be the darling of the more irrational, less responsible environmentalist crowd. As a scientific treatment, "Gasland" is almost laughable. Almost…because its distortions, oversimplifications, and falsehoods are undermining balanced, reasonable, and essent...

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