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"GASLAND" Documentary Debunked

Written By: Jerry Hanson  |  Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

            The whole issue of hydraulic fracturing used in oil and gas wells has been misrepresented. The so-called documentary, GASLAND, alleges that hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells has contaminated water wells with methane in a number of states.  This has been debunked by the State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).  COGCC Director, Dave Neslin, offered to speak with GASLAND's producer, Josh Fox. Unfortunately Mr. Fox declined, which, according to the COGCC, resulted in "serious inaccuracies in the documentary." You can read the COGCC report at http://cogcc.state.co.us/library/GASLAND%20DOC.pdf .

            According to the COGCC, "GASLAND incorrectly attributes several cases of water well contamination in Colorado to oil and gas development when our investigation determined that the wells in question contained biogenic methane that is not attributable to such development." The report explains that biogenic methane is created by the decomposition of organic material through fermentation as is commonly seen in wetlands, or by chemical reduction of carbon dioxide.

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