Saturday, February 27, 2010

Democracy Now! Addresses the Gas Industry

Congress to Investigate Safety of Natural Gas Drilling Practice Known as Hydraulic Fracturing

The top Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce have asked eight oil-field companies to disclose the chemicals they’ve used and the wells they’ve drilled in over the past four years. Last week, Waxman also revealed two of the largest gas drilling companies have pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel-based fluids into the ground in violation of a voluntary agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Josh Fox, director of GasLand. Won Special Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. In GasLand, Josh Fox travels across the United States to meet people whose lives have been impacted by natural gas drilling.

Lisa Bracken, lives on a wildlife sanctuary near Divide Creek in Colorado. Divide Creek suffered environmental damage in a blowout cause by natural gas drilling. She appears in GasLand.

Joe Levine, co-founder of the groups Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and NY-H2O, which oppose the gas drilling.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't usually comment but let me start by saying, Great Blog !!

re: the latest....

Congress to Investigate Safety of Natural Gas Drilling Practice Known as Hydraulic Fracturing.

Oh My, Oh My.......
Another Congressional Investigation!

I'm rarely content with their investigations, conclusions, and subsequent recommendations.

I wonder if there are any consequences for violating a voluntary agreement with the EPA.

Indeed, if there had been a legal, vice voluntary, agreement would there have been any consequence of true significance or just a half-hearted slap on the wrist?