The debate continues as to whether or not fracking is actually dangerous to the environment or indeed humans… Despite the fact that we all know that it is! Now the scientists have jumped onboard saying that anti fracking groups often mislead the public with misinformation related to the practice of fracking.
Josh Fox has released his follow up short film “The Sky Is Pink” in response to the claims from fracking companies who refute a lot of the claims in his documentary “Gasland”
Many opposers of fracking say that the mining companies manipulate the data for their own purpose. Further claims state that most of the journalism surrounding the contentious issue of fracking is all heresay and that the truth about fracking is often over looked.
The search for energy has become a desperate battle as major energy corporations strive to keep their market stronghold ahead of alternate renewable energies.
The debate over natural gas mining continues…
PITTSBURGH — In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.
Critics of fracking often raise alarms about groundwater pollution, air pollution, and cancer risks, and there are still many uncertainties. But some of the claims have little — or nothing— to back them.
For example, reports that breast cancer rates rose in a region with heavy gas drilling are false, researchers told The Associated Press.
Fears that natural radioactivity in drilling waste could contaminate drinking water aren’t being confirmed by monitoring, either.
And concerns about air pollution from the industry often don’t acknowledge that natural gas is a far cleaner burning fuel than coal.
“The debate is becoming very emotional. And basically not using science” on either side, said Avner Vengosh, a Duke University professor studying groundwater contamination who has been praised and criticized by both sides.
Shale gas drilling has attracted national attention because advances in technology have unlocked billions of dollars of gas reserves, leading to a boom in production, jobs, and profits, as well as concerns about pollution and public health. Shale is a gas-rich rock formation thousands of feet underground, and the gas is freed through a process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which large volumes of water, plus sand and chemicals, are injected to break the rock apart….
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