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Fracking ‘soap’ is hazardous to your health

December 6, 2013 • Sharon Wilson

This week residents in Mansfield, Texas were alarmed by a shower of foam that “shot back up the hole” of the too-close-to-their-homes EagleRidge Energy (EagleRidge) gas well. The foam hung in trees and covered their yards for hours.

EagleRidge said the foam was industrial soap used as a lubricant. Mansfield firefighters tested it and “found nothing toxic.” The residents should request MSDS sheets.

At least they didn’t say it was Dove Soap, as other fracking industry representatives have done.

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Are we at war?

July 10, 2013 • Hilary Lewis

I'm not talking about Iraq or Afghanistan, class-warfare or the war on Christmas - I'm talking about a mine site in Wisconsin.

At the beginning of the year Al Gedicks of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council wrote a guest blog post which mentioned that Wisconsinites had "mobilized public opinion against Gogebic Taconite’s (GTac) proposal for a giant open pit iron mine." Then in June, 15 protesters headed over to the site for a demonstration that didn't get out of hand, but Gogebic felt differently.

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Energy in Depth shows truth of Promised Land

January 22, 2013 • Blair Koch

It's no surprise the gas industry doesn't care for Focus Feature's new movie Promised Land.

Even prior to it's January 4 nationwide release the drilling industry was planning its attack on the script, written by Matt Damon and co-star John Krasinski and based on a story by Dave Eggers.

In an interview earlier this year journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer tried to cast doubt on the edgy plot twist where Krasinski's character, Dustin Noble, an eco-activist, turns out to be working under cover for the very same company which employees Steve, the landman played by Damon.

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No exaggeration, Promised Land is just the beginning.

January 2, 2013 • Sharon Wilson

The new Matt Damon movie, Promised Land, has top-notch actors, great dialogue, beautiful scenery and a plot twist.

I’m thrilled that Hollywood and celebrities have arrived on the fracking scene. I’m grateful that in the process, they’ve shined a light on the fracking skullduggery practiced by many companies. 

But know this: Promised Land is far from an exaggeration.  Rather, the movie merely scratches the surface—just barely—of the predatory mafia-esque tactics used by the fracking industry. 

They could make a whole new movie, if they chose to include the full range of tactics that fracking companies employ, like threats, intimidation and military PSYOPS in our neighborhoods.  

How do I know? The frackers told me themselves.

 

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Media Releases

Standing up against intimidation: Oil and gas company targets prominent activist

May 9, 2012 • Earthworks

Statement by Gwen Lachelt, Director, Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepped in when the state of Texas failed to address a water well contamination incident involving Range Resources, the company responded by suing the very landowner whose water was polluted. And Range didn’t stop there. It cast a wide net in a twisted attempt to show that the landowner was defaming Range’s reputation. They even forced our employee, the popular blogger and well-known oil and gas activist, Sharon Wilson (aka “TX Sharon”), to appear in court last week.

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*In Their Own Words* – the fracking chapstick edition

March 12, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

This is the second submission of "In Their Own Words"; a series of recordings from a much ballyhooed industry PR conference in Houston where Texas Sharon recorded industry talking about transparency. Despite their constant use of the word "transparent"; these recordings will show an industry that is anything but

In this second post, we hear Anadarko Petroleum discuss/dismiss the use of fracking polyacrylamides.

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Introducing *In Their Own Words*, Post #1: fracking biocides are just bleach

February 23, 2012 • Lisa Sumi

Today Earthworks is launching In Their Own Words a series of recordings from a much ballyhooed industry PR conference in Houston where Texas Sharon recorded industry talking about transparency. Despite their constant use of the word "transparent" these recordings will show an industry that is anything but. 

In this first post, we hear Anadarko Petroleum discuss/dismiss the use of fracking biocides.

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Fracking season is upon us. Have you been inoculated?

December 6, 2011 • Sharon Wilson

A particularly potent virus that first surfaced in Texas during the 1990s and spread to epidemic proportions in over thirty U.S. States has now become a worldwide pandemic.

The virus spreads person-to-person but there are cases where people in remote, isolated areas contract it with no exposure. Once you have contracted the virus, you will have it for life. Getting inoculated is the only protection.

The name for this virus, “Fracking Insurgency,” was made public for the first time on October 31, 2011. Audio of the announcement is available online.