The Fracking Truth: Americas Energy Revolution: The Inside, Untold Story by Chris FaulknerThough Texas born and bred, Chris Faulkner was not a child of the oil and gas business. He was certainly not the most likely candidate to become the oil and gas industrys most vocal champion. Faulkner entered the oil and gas business by way of a 3D seismic imaging software program he designed. Since founding Breitling Energy Corporation in 2004, Faulkner has devoted himself to developing greener methods in his own company and advocating for a more environmentally friendly and transparent approach throughout the industry. A pragmatist and an optimist, Faulkner addresses oil and gas issues with a signature style, both frank and analytical, that has made him a trusted resource among the media and policymakers both at home and abroad. His work in the industry has brought him recognition in the form of industry awardsincluding AERGs 2013 Oil Executive of the Yearas well as a media moniker he embraces: Frack Master.
Fracking For The Truth! (The Truth About Hydraulic Fracturing)
One day last year, an enormous drilling rig materialised in the fields. It was not the visual blot on their landscape that bothered Stopforth and other residents in rural Lancashire: it was what was going on underground. Hesketh Bank was being prepared for fracking — mining shale gas by injecting water, sand and chemicals into rocks far below ground.
A journalist's search for the fracking truth
Environmental activists around the world have taken a stand against fracking — the controversial practice of injecting high-pressure water and industrial chemicals deep into the Earth to extract natural gas. While fracking does produce a large amount of natural gas, it has serious environmental impacts. Fracking causes increased seismic activity earthquakes , uses very large amounts of water and is known to contaminate groundwater and soil. Here are four must-see documentaries about the fracking industry that will help you to understand this divisive topic better. With deadpan narration and stark visuals, filmmaker Josh Fox explores the impacts of fracking on landowners in these two critically-acclaimed documentaries. Gasland, which was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in , begins with Fox receiving a request from an oil company to lease his land for drilling in exchange for oil and gas royalties. He then embarks on a cross-country journey to meet with people from all walks of life who have one thing in common: they live near fracking sites.
Y ou've read about a process that's bringing abundant natural gas and petroleum to market while reducing costs to US consumers. Expect more discussion as President Trump's energy plans emerge. Hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, "fracking" for short, applies horizontal drilling techniques followed by pumping high-pressure liquid into petroleum-rich shale deposits, typically at depths of more than a mile beneath the surface. The slurry, containing grains of sand, forces apart thin layers of shale resembling a deck of playing cards , releasing hydrocarbons locked in the dense matrix. Oil droplets and gas coalesce and are pumped to the surface, separated from "production" water that comes up with the oil, and trucked to a pipeline head or rail terminal for shipment to refineries or gas distribution networks. If done incorrectly, petroleum and natural gas production have the potential to cause adverse consequences to land, water and air and to public health and safety.
In a recent post here, I described an event that I produced in Syracuse, New York, which brought together disparate anti-fracking groups for a screening of Josh Fox's documentary film Gasland. As one would expect, among the readers who posted here there was a strong level of both support for the event and any anti-fracking advocacy and critiques of our effort, typically from gas industry functionaries or labor that supports hydraulic fracturing on behalf of jobs. Many pro-fracking people posted attacks on Fox and his film, going so far as to state, in no uncertain terms, that his film has been widely and undeniably dismissed for lacking in accurate facts, science and history. I contacted Fox, by email, and asked him to provide me with more information to address the "deniers" who have debunked his assertions. I am quite certain that not many minds will be changed here. There are those who believe natural gas is abundant and readily accessible through fracking, that it will create lots of good paying jobs and will contribute to America's energy independence. Then there are those who believe that fracking is actually the energy industry's most recent opportunity to do to Americans what these companies have been doing to other, economically impoverished and less politically sophisticated peoples all over the globe: to promise them some economic benefit, deliver a pittance in actual compensation, desecrate their environment and then split and leave them the bill.
Things have gone a little quiet on the fracking front since the Government last year managed to kick the controversy down the line, awaiting "further research". With no decision on the controversial gas extraction method expected until , fracking friends and foes can sate their curiosity with a new US documentary film made by an Irish couple. It is not, however, a truth that will appeal to anti-fracking activists, of whom there are many in Irish Border counties. It features McAleer travelling across the US, meeting fracking advocates and opponents, with a focus on the impact of fracking at community level. He also films in Poland, meeting people whose lives, it is claimed, would improve dramatically if they had access to lower energy costs.