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Would I lie to you?

Deroy Murdock, a Fox News contributor, has been circulating a deliberately misleading article about fracking that is about as disingenuous as disinformation can get. At least I thought so the first few times I saw and commented on it.

Those who have published it are little better. One publication in which it appeared refused to post my comment (pretty much what follows).

In its most recent incarnation, the author—who appears aware of the criticism his lies are gleaning—stoops to even more fervent ad hominem of the environmentalists—and just goes ahead with the same lies under a new title.

The first falsehood brings the honesty of the author into question. Saying Lisa Jackson stated she was not aware of incidents wherein fracking caused contamination in order to validate the position that it has not caused contamination is a poor argument at every level. First, it assumes that she does in fact know all there is to know. More pointedly, the argument that fracking never has caused contamination has been shown to be a false assertion long enough that it can only have been used to deliberately mislead. The fact is that recorded incidents of contamination go back to 1987:


Next, what Anadarko “shows him” about their operation is only what the author wants us to believe, and hardly represents an industry bent on profitability and concealing the truth. If they truly had nothing to hide, they would reveal the chemicals used in fracking, release those with whom they settled from their non-disclosure agreements, and petition to have the court records unsealed. Incidents of contamination related complaints number in the thousands:


The claim that the wells will produce “20 to 40 years” is also a lie. Fracked wells deplete rapidly, and the whole “shale boom” may not last 40 years:


This is true, at least in part: “Fracking the Marcellus shale happens some 6,000 feet underground. That is about 5,000 feet below groundwater supplies. Drills and pipes penetrate aquifers, but they are encased in multiple layers of steel and concrete designed to separate drinking water from fracking fluids (which are 99 percent water and sand and only 1 percent chemicals).” But there is a truth the gassers do not want the public to know. The one layer of steel, and one layer of one-inch-thick concrete used to seal the bore hole fail at an alarming rate:


While gasers will argue that this can be solved by capping the wells, Capping only “theoretically” stops the gas from escaping. The truth is that there are millions of capped wells, almost all of which still leak, and capping a well does not solve the problem of damaged casings allowing contaminants into water supplies. If anything, the pressure that may build up will force the contaminants into the water supply.


The plain truth of the matter is that environmentalists are neither ignorant nor misinformed. Some may be overly zealous and hyperbolic, but they are not misinformed. Any and all misinformation is being spread by the industry to deflect from the very real potential for disaster.

Much is still not known, but the science behind the opposition to fracking is sound, and irrefutable. In example, one industry attempt to discredit the science backfired when they released an article by their “scientists” in an attempt to refute the scientific findings that substantiated contamination of groundwater due to fracking. A post by Cynics and Charlatans reveals that the argument used simply tried to downplay the presence of thermogenic gas in the sampling—the proverbial “smoking gun”—in an effort to deceive the public.