MDN Weekly Update – Feb 5, 2012: Josh Fox – Truth-teller or Propagandist?

poll resultsLast week’s MDN poll asked whether or not you believe that President Obama is now genuinely a supporter of hydraulic fracturing and shale gas drilling. Seems there are quite a few skeptics in the MDN audience. Here are the results:

Concerning President Obama’s statements supporting fracking & shale gas drilling, is he:

Genuine/Now in Favor (20%, 53 Votes)
Fake/Election Year Stunt (70%, 187 Votes)
I’m Not Sure (10%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 266

This Week’s Poll: Is Gasland a truthful documentary, or propaganda?

This past week, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing on hydraulic fracturing. Specifically, the Republicans on the committee wanted to challenge the out-of-control Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their attempt, via questionable research, to tie fracking to chemical contamination of well water in Pavillion, Wyoming.

There was plenty of press on hand to cover the hearing. Josh Fox, the filmmaker who created the “documentary” Gasland was there too. No doubt Josh needs some new footage for Gasland Deux. But it seems Josh didn’t have the proper press credentials, so the camera crew working for him, which was properly credentialed, was not allowed to film the proceedings. And Mr. Fox, refusing to leave, was arrested and escorted from the room (see this MDN story). Democrats were “outraged” and tried to pass a resolution letting him stay, and when that didn’t work, pass a resolution suspending the hearing for an entire week to allow Mr. Fox time to do what he should have done in the first place, get the proper credentials.

After the side show with Josh Fox was over, the Republicans got down to business and questioned EPA Regional Administrator James Martin who did some serious backpedalling on the topic of fracking (see this MDN story).

Josh Fox’s arrest may seem like so much hullabaloo, but his arrest is headline-worthy because of his documentary, Gasland. Wait, what? You haven’t watched it? Perhaps now is a good time! I’ve watched it, and I have to say, for all my criticism of Josh Fox, he is a talented filmmaker. The film is very slick, very polished. I won’t run a full critique here and now—I’ll do that in the future. What I would like to know for this week’s poll is whether or not you’ve actually watched the film, and if you have, what do you think? Do you consider it to be mostly trustworthy and accurate, or hogwash? Register your vote in this week’s poll along the right side of any page.

Below are the most recent “top 5” lists and the calendar of Marcellus-related events for the next two weeks.

Go Giants!
Jim Willis, Editor

P.S. Watch for more details on the new MDN permits report this week.

Five Most Viewed Stories This Past Week (Jan 29th – Feb 4th)

  1. Range’s Wet Gas Drilling Location & Dry Gas Drilling Timeline (1/31/12)
  2. Just What are Natural Gas Liquids Anyway? (1/31/12)
  3. Gasland Creator Josh Fox Arrested at House Hearing (2/2/12)
  4. PA DEP Debuts New Website for Easy Marcellus Drilling Info (1/30/12)
  5. Washington Times: Is Obama Setting NG Up for a Fall? (1/30/12)

Five Most Viewed Stories Last 30 Days (Jan 5th – Feb 4th)

  1. Major Chesapeake Announcement: Shifting from Dry to Wet Gas (1/23/12)
  2. Teamsters Marcellus Pipeline Workers Walk Out on Strike (1/4/12)
  3. Range’s Wet Gas Drilling Location & Dry Gas Drilling Timeline (1/31/12)
  4. Exxon Buys 13,200 Acres of Utica Shale Leases in Ohio (1/9/12)
  5. New Timeline for Shell Cracker Plant Announcement (1/19/12)

MDN Calendar (Feb 5th – Feb 18th)

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