"Gasland Part II" Ignores The Dangers of Not Fracking
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Forbes.com has just published a review of Josh Fox's new anti-fracking documentary Gasland Part II. In the review, Alex Epstein, author of Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet, says that the film grossly misrepresents the facts about the safety of fracking, while failing to acknowledge the tremendous benefits of the shale gas revolution and the hydraulic fracturing technology that has made it possible.
"This is a shame," writes Epstein, "because the truth is that America is becoming Gasland--and that's an amazingly good thing.
"They say you can't squeeze blood from a turnip, but shale energy technology can get oceans of precious oil and natural gas out of once-useless rock. The "fracking" in shale energy technology uses water and sand to fracture shale rock, creating cracks that oil can flow through. It has been used (safely) for over 60 years on conventional oil and gas deposits in over 1 million frac jobs. Now, more advanced versions are being applied to shale around the country, with incredible results. In North Dakota, the once unknown Bakken shale formation has become the foundation of America's greatest economic boom, which drove the state's unemployment rate down to 3.2%. And there is so much potential to expand."
But, continues Epstein, "Unfortunately, our fellow citizens may be deprived of this opportunity, thanks to widespread miseducation about shale oil technology, led by Josh Fox.
"When we look 10 or 20 years down the road, will we be the nation that embraced technology and brought prosperity to all, or the state that rejected technology and deprived millions of our fellow citizens the opportunity for a better life? It's time to get behind shale energy technology. It's time to embrace being Gasland."
The entire review can be found here.
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