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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Read "The Great Frack Attack: The War on Natural Gas"

ATI Fellows Expose 'The War on Natural Gas'

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Who are the multi-million dollar foundations and activists, nonprofits, media groups and academics that are attacking the natural gas industry and its safe, effective hydraulic fracturing process? Who spreads myths and lies about a business that has created thousands of jobs and has delivered energy extracted from U.S. lands to millions of Americans, reducing our dependence on foreign countries?

In a report this week for Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Foundation, American Tradition Institute executive director Paul Chesser and research fellow Mark Newgent identify those who oppose natural gas development, and expose their financial incentives, their relationships to each other, and their misleading statements and outright lies about hydraulic fracturing (colloquially called "fracking").

Read "The Great Frack Attack: The War on Natural Gas" ( http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/docLib/20110726_PB2307FrackAttack.pdf )

"Environmentalist groups and activists want you to believe that they — and by extension the land, water and air that we all treasure and want to protect — are endangered because so-called 'big' fossil-fuel companies allegedly have a huge advantage in spending on lobbying and messaging," said Chesser, who is also a senior fellow for the Commonwealth Foundation. "Our report shows that 'Big Green' also plays a big money game — often built on lies and distortions, which unlike energy, are useless to the public and harmful to the issues debate."

Among its revelations the report, titled "The Great Frack Attack: The War on Natural Gas," exposes efforts by the Sandler-funded ProPublica, which to date has dedicated 120 articles to an assault on natural gas and hydraulic fracturing. Former subprime mortgage lenders Herb and Marion Sandler, who have joined George Soros in support of Center for American Progress and many other leftist groups, poured more than $9 million into ProPublica to help launch it on its mission. Herb Sandler serves as chairman of its board of directors.

Also examined in the report are the funding activities of the Heinz Endowments, overseen by liberal icon Teresa Heinz Kerry, which recently expanded its anti-gas funding dramatically. Among the Heinz grants were thousands of dollars for "outreach and organizing" and to "characterize pollution impacts" from drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. Another large Heinz grant went to a University of Pittsburgh public health center run by alarmist Conrad Volz, who left his position in April after several errors were found in a report where the natural gas industry was falsely accused of dumping carcinogenic agents into drinking water supplies.

In the Oscar-nominated movie "Gasland," activist groups Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future and PennEnvironment, and dozens of other national and state groups come under scrutiny in the report as well.

The 12-page expose is available for reading on the Commonwealth Foundation's Web site ( http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/ ) .

Read "The Great Frack Attack: The War on Natural Gas" ( http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/docLib/20110726_PB2307FrackAttack.pdf )

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

Nice to see the truth coming out instead of people being against fracking without actually knowing about the industry!

Anonymous said...

"Who are the multi-million dollar foundations and activists, nonprofits, media groups and academics that are attacking the natural gas industry and its safe, effective hydraulic fracturing process?"

Well I'm sure this will be a reasonable and unbiased article that follows.

Those darn academics. Always thinking with their brains and whatnot. Who do they think they are?

*snicker*

Anonymous said...

That article says it all. If organized labor (unions) were involved the environmental issues would disappear. Most of the workers are non-union. Unionize the drilling and fracturing company poeple, problem solved!!!!!! The labor unions are trying to hyjack the drilling process and drive up prices for us all. American companys have be driven to different parts of the country and world because of unions. If you don't belive it look south where all the PA and NY residents are flocking to. Unionized Labor = No Jobs.

Anonymous said...

Once again both side spend vast sums of cash to shovel huge piles of BS in front of us and tell us to enjoy the smell.

While those of us interested in the truth can never find it.

Anonymous said...

Really 3:42? If making the workers unionized will prevent any future environmental issues like 15 families in Tioga County (that I know of so far) end up having the water screwed up by drillers and greed. Bottled water fine for some, I prefer my spring water.

Anonymous said...

There's no identified problems NOW….. who's to say there won't be in the future? There's no long-term data on this procedure, right? Because it hasn't been done in such a massive fashion ever before.
How can anyone say there's NO problems and there WON'T be any, when we just don't know about these long-term effects?
For anyone to say it's perfectly safe is as foolish as those who claim it's ALL harmful…. let's get all the facts before we say whether the long term bad makes up for the short term good.

Anonymous said...

4:16....you left me wanting more....you started the sentence with "if making the workers unionized will prevent any future environmental issues like 15 families in Tioga County (that I know of so far) end up having the water screwed up by drillers and greed" but there was no "then....."

so if this happens then what.....you'll be happy....you'll buy me a new car.....you'll finish sentences.......

Anonymous said...

When I hear the truth I want to hear then I will know the truth.

Anonymous said...

I conclude from reading the article that a large percentage of people in this country, both from the left and the right, will accept the "truths" of the highest bidder.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the multi million gas companies accuse small groups of people of false truths. Thank you Corbet for giving all these guys free rein, I love seeing all these jobs going to out of our State. Potter is so much better since you came.
Wolf

Anonymous said...

"Brain Frack!"

Anonymous said...

July 28 9:21 what jobs are going out of state? You didn,t notice Potter sucked way before Corbet came into the picture!

Walls said...

WOW, a pro-gas post? what happend? I was told this was an anti gas blog? 15 ppl You know of? Prove it.. names and adresses! If one more person says, " I know a person who said they knew a person"... back it up or shut up and let ppl work.

Anonymous said...

They tried to feed us the global warming trash. They only made Al Gore a multi-millionairhead. Drilling an fracing are messy and can cause environmental issues. Hold these companies responsibe for thier actions. Drill baby drill. Cause long lasting environmental damage and pay baby pay. These companies will have accidents and splill things the shouldn't. If its not an accident and willful misconduct put em in prison and drive thier company out of business. Don't punish responsibility, drive out corruption and irresponsibility Give us jobs and hope for a future!


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