TNR has contributed in a small way to funding the films of Irish freelance reporter Phelim McAleer, which focus on the facts regarding fracking and unconventional gas/oil exploration/production in the USA.  This is because TNR wants the debate about CSG, fracking, etc, to be evidence-based and not based on myths, pseudo-science and misinformation.

The most notorious anti-fracking and anti-fossil fuel beat up was a film in 2010 by Josh Fox, called Gasland.  Gasland was based upon misinformation, hyperbole and blatant hoaxes.

The initial success of Gasland, in its quest to (incorrectly) portray the consequences of unconventional gas/oil, as well as fracking, was primarily due to the sensationalist hype and lack of serious questioning by interviewers and reporters.  It was obvious that sensationalist scenes from Gasland, such as the gas in water from a domestic tap (or faucet) being set alight, were just too good to ignore as “news”.

Such scenes have been thoroughly debunked as hoaxes. Gas in water was being lit in burning flames well over 100 years ago, a long time before unconventional gas and fracking came along. In fact, this sign in New York State demonstrates how misinformed (or deceitful) Josh Fox is.

Burning Springs

There are also references to “burning bore water” in outback Australia. A recent article entitled “Save the Bees” by Mick Micenko in “Preview”, a news publication of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG), discusses the misinformation spread by environmental activists and used an example from here in Australia to counter the claims about hydraulic fracture stimulation. The box below containing a quote from Neville Shute’s “A town like Alice” is especially revealing given the fact that outback towns such as Roma and Burketown also discovered gas in their water bores over 100 years ago!

gas in water bores

Mr Josh Fox’s films and claims were also reviewed by the NSW Chief Scientist and found to be unrepresentative of the issues regarding unconventional gas and fracking.

An Australian ‘look alike’ film was also released in early 2015 entitled ‘Frackman’.  As with Gasland, this was to aiming to garner interest based on sensationalism and, just like Gasland, there little or no facts evident in the film. Both have the same theme, to trash an industry that provides essential products to its customers, from fuel for cars and trucks (which transport our food from farm to factory to our supermarket shelves), plastics for our mobile phones and computers and a myriad of other essential everyday products, all to gain some notoriety on the basis of a hoax.

Click on this link to view the trailer produced by Phelim McAleer questions Josh Fox who admits that “….there are reports from 1936 that people say they could light their water on fire in New York State” well and truly before unconventional gas and fracking came along.

Enjoy Mr Fox squirm!