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Debunking Gasland Part II


As many of you know, we put together a comprehensive debunk of Gasland Part II shortly after the film premiered in New York City in April. Since then, we’ve continued to expose the fraud that forms of the core of both Gasland and Gasland Part II, as well as director Josh Fox’s insistence on repeating false and deceptive talking points about shale development.

But not everyone has the time to read through a 7,000-word blog post that details the laundry list of flaws with Gasland Part II. People are busy, they already know the movie is promoting a nonsensical agenda, but they also want something to digest quickly. What are they to do?

To answer that question, EID is releasing a new, simple infographic that highlights four of the biggest whoppers from Gasland Part II: well “failure” rates, greenhouse gas emissions, regulatory compliance, and that infamous flaming hose. Granted, we’ve covered each of these in individual posts (see here, here, here, and here, respectively), but now we have a one-stop shop for folks who need to debunk Gasland Part II on the go!

You can download the infographic here, and it’s also embedded below. Enjoy!

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7 Comments on "Debunking Gasland Part II"

  1. J-Gav on Sat, 27th Jul 2013 2:29 pm 

    I’m not qualified to comment on the technical issues involved here but remain skeptical when I see such a simplified and unconvincing infographic.

    Examples: the 1st ‘Fact’ only talks about Ohio; the one below it says “… have to comply,” when everybody knows they don’t!; and since when is the Railroad Commission of Texas a reliable source of facts on industrial activity?

  2. GregT on Sat, 27th Jul 2013 3:12 pm 

    From the Energy In Depth website:

    “About EID

    Launched by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) in 2009, Energy In Depth (EID) is a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base – especially abundant sources of oil and natural gas from shale and other “tight” formations across the country.

    It’s an effort that benefits directly from the support, direction and technical expertise of a broad segment of America’s oil and natural gas industry, led in Washington by IPAA, and guided on the ground by IPAA’s more than 6,000 members and affiliates in the states.”

    When in doubt, follow the money.

  3. BillT on Sat, 27th Jul 2013 3:37 pm 

    “When in doubt, follow the money.”


  4. Mike on Sat, 27th Jul 2013 8:25 pm 

    Exactly. First talking point is a joke. These well’s will NEVER FAIL. Corporate Fairy Tale Land.

    Gasland II quoted from Industry Sources.
    I think I’ll believe the Industry Sources, and not Paid PR.

    You debunked NOTHING.

  5. FloridaGirl on Sat, 27th Jul 2013 9:23 pm 

    These were the top 4 they could come up with? I’m pretty open minded and, after reading the title, I expected they would come up with a few valid points since most things have both pros and cons, but these 4 counter facts are really lame.

    How many “shale” well were drilled in Ohio between 1983 and 2007? The shale well boom didn’t really start until after 2007. And “fail” could mean a lot of different things.

    The next point gives a range between 1990 and 2010, once again, how much of that is from shale wells and they are probably not considering methane leaks from fractures.

    Saying the oil and gas producers only have to follow 8 federal laws sounds like support for the Gasland II point.

    I believe that the “Railroad Commission of Texas” could have made that statement but that doesn’t make me believe that the statement it true.

    I guess these points might fool a lot of people who didn’t watch one of the Gasland documentaries.

  6. Beery on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 1:03 am 

    1. Fact: ALL wells eventually fail. Claiming a 0.3% failure rate is ridiculous.
    2. Eight Federal laws? Wow! If eight laws is all there are, that shows how much the feds are under the thumb of big oil and big gas.
    3. Natural gas IS methane – a greenhouse gas. The idea that natural gas production can ever reduce greenhouse gases is ridiculous.
    4. Yeah, right. Fracking cannot cause well contamination. All this proves is that the railroad Commission of Texas is in the pocket of the fracking industry.

  7. MrEnergyCzar on Sun, 28th Jul 2013 4:38 am 

    They should just say that none of the tens of thousands of wells will ever have cement casing failures… or there will never be a bridge failure in the U.S…


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