Gasland, the Oscar-nominated anti-fracking documentary, which sensationally claimed that fracking has polluted water so badly in the small town of Dimock, Pennnsylvania that it has become flammable, had already been exposed as a pack of lies – much like Al Gore’s discredited propaganda movie An Incovenient Truth. Now, the Environemental Protection Agency has confirmed that the drinking water in Dimock is perfectly safe.
Water across the US has always had gas in it, and there have been reports of “flammable water” since at least 1936. Indeed, Gasland’s director, Josh Fox, admitted last year that he withheld evidence that showed gas can occur in water naturally and is not a result of fracking.
But the EPA went ahead and tested water at 61 homes in Dimock, Pennsylvania anyway. Residents had complained since 2009 of cloudy, foul-smelling water after Cabot Oil & Gas Corp drilled for gas nearby. But sampling did not show levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action.” Cabot spokesman George Stark said any contaminants found in the tests “are more likely indicative of naturally occurring background levels or other unrelated activities.”
This is good news for those who understand the global economic benefits of vast reserves of cheap energy.