Jan 12, 2011

Water isn't supposed to catch fire. It does in Dimock.

If you haven't seen the HBO documentary Gasland, I highly recommend it.

The documentary begins and ends in Dimock, a rural area of Pennsylvania, where kitchen sinks begin to spit flammable yellow/brown water after several natural gas wells are drilled nearby.

Josh Fox, the director of "Gasland," chronicles his search to discover what gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale might do to his beloved Delaware River watershed should he and his neighbors sign the leases they received in the mail. That search takes him first to Dimock and then across the United States, where he meets people struggling with unexpected consequences of gas drilling in multiple states.  Many of the towns he visits are just a few miles from where I grew up in eastern Colorado.  I even recognize some of the landmarks and locations.  The film won a prize for documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

After having seen the movie, I was inspired to put together a shirt design ("Frac You Haliburton")addressing the issue.  (link and photo after the break).

Why Haliburton you might ask? During the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney (Former CEO of Haliburton) spearheaded legislation to exempt the natural gas industry from the provisions of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.  You may remember seeing news footage of Bush signing into law his new environmental policies.  One of the largest beneficiaries of industry de-regulation and recipients of government subsidies was, unsurprisingly, Haliburton.

frac you Halliburton shirt

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