CBS Philly Manufactures False Story about Marcellus Freight Trains

Is it a case of yellow journalism? Anti-drilling conspiracy? Or is it the case of an ignorant editor at a major Philadelphia news outlet? Take your pick. We’re referring to the headline and accompanying picture (see below) that are 100% false. The headline says, “Local Environmental Groups Warn of Accident Potential From Marcellus Shale Freight Trains” and shows a picture of a train derailment from three years ago that has nothing to do with shale oil. That’s called manufactured news folks. It’s also called a lie. And it appears boldly on the website of Philadelphia’s CBS News affiliate (channeling the lying Dan Rather are we?). The article refers to a new propaganda piece issued by Penn Environment and Frac Tracker Alliance–both strongly anti-drilling organizations. The “report” issued is a “boy who cried wolf” missive that warns PA residents of oil trains passing through the state, coming from the North Dakota Bakken Shale, with scary stories of exploding trains because of shale oil. And therein is the egregious lie–not only is the picture false (nothing to do with Bakken oil or oil of any kind), the headline is false–THERE ARE NO MARCELLUS OIL TRAINS. Any oil or condensate or natural gas liquids in the Marcellus region are transported by pipelines–not rail cars…

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