Last week, the EPA released a surprise study – to many anti-fracking groups at least. After four years of research and relying on real scientific expertise on the subject from across the country, the EPA determined that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” poses no significant threat to the safety and cleanliness of nearby drinking water. The concern over natural gas-laced drinking water, which was propagated most notably by the documentary, Gasland, was revealed to be vastly overstated.
The study should have a distinct impact on those states now considering bans on hydraulic fracturing, eliminating many of the concerns voiced by anti-fracking environmentalist groups. In places like New York, where fracking is the subject of an indefinite ban, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the study should prompt, at least, a reconsideration, especially given that legislators claimed to have relied on “scientific evidence” in their opposition to fracking.
New York, of course, may be reticent to accept the new findings, especially given that they’re in direct contradiction to testimony on the subject from their “scientific experts.” But then again, as it was recently revealed, it doesn’t seem as though New York sought out the most qualified scientific experts in the field to tackle fracking in the first place.
As Energy in Depth points out, New York’s experts include musician and artist Yoko Ono, musician Sean Lennon, actor Mark Ruffalo, and a host of activists and foundations who exist only to stop fracking by any means necessary.
Now, obviously, not everyone who stood in opposition to fracking in New York is a celebrity, but as the video points out, many of these celebrities act as mouthpieces for more insidious groups and individuals: EPA administrators who compare their “educational efforts” to Roman crucifixions, and the leadership of prominent anti-fracking groups inclduing New Yorkers Against Fracking (who, interestingly enough, states that fracking involves “explosives,” though it actually involves water pressure, as the name “hydraulic fracturing” suggests).
One major activist featured in the video, Anthony Ingraffea, a Cornell University professor and civil engineer, and head of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy even boasts that Mark Ruffalo is his “megaphone.” That’s especially dangerous, as Ingraffea’s research on the subject appears to have some demonstrable flaws, in sample size and methodology, specifically, not to mention biased motivation. So in this case, it seems that not only are the celebrities involved not scientists, their education in fracking, at least, may not be from the best sources.