(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) – From deep within the frozen heart of oil and gas turf, we bring you a story so sensitive that even our reporter remains anonymous, at least for now. In this exclusive report we listen to the words of a lifelong oil industry worker and executive who, at the time when this interview was taped had been at the helm of an oil and gas enterprise as CEO for over 20 years. His purpose and reason for meeting and speaking with us on EnviroNews? In his own words: “To clear his conscience of some things that have been weighing on his mind for a long time.”
In this EnviroNews exlusive from our extended coverage with the oil man, the topic of hydraulic fracturing known as “fracking” is explored. As of late, the situation concerning the possible acceptance and wide-scale implementation of fracking in New York State is reaching a head. What’s all the fuss about? To boil it down in a nutshell, oil and gas operators say they CAN frack “SAFELY”, down below drinking water sources in what they refer to as “impenetrable layers”. Environmental and other groups, as well as huge cohorts of celebrity activists, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of concerned citizens say they CAN’T.
Part of the problem, environmentalists say is the “Blitzkrieg”-style fracking boom that has occurred in response to the hall-pass handed out with the 2005 “Dick Cheney Energy Bill.” With the recent explosion in natural gas production, the prevalence of fracking has skyrocketed across the US, and many of these same environmental groups claim the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been too slow and is behind the curve with its studies, while in the meantime drinking water aquifers are being irreversibly polluted as citizens wait for the data to come in.
Despite concerns and complaints, it took the EPA years to admit that any contamination had ever occurred anywhere from fracking, finally and lethargically relenting in late 2011 that the Wind River drinking aquifer in Wyoming had been contaminated with “constituents consistent with hydraulic fracturing”. Also noteworthy, is the seemingly blaring conflict of interest encountered with the Cheney Energy Bill and the ex-Vice President’s ties to Halliburton — one of the leading pioneers and propagators of fracking technologies since their advent.
The 2005 Dick Cheney Energy Bill, essentially opened the door for gas companies to frack for gas with impunity, simultaneously allowing them the ability to use essentially whatever they want in their complex and deadly fracking cocktails, without being subjected to any guiding environmental regulations.
Meanwhile, despite myriad home-videos, and even full feature documentaries like Josh Fox’s Gasland where citizens lit their tap water on fire in areas where fracking had been employed, oil and gas producers viciously attacked Fox, claiming methane and other flammables have “always been in water”, while continuing to parade with television commercials including slick 3D animations that tout their ability to do it “safely” and below drinking water supplies.
In this rare and unprecedented episode, an oil and gas CEO of over 20 years lays the question of weather it is possible to frack “safely” or not to rest. After discussing what he referred to as a “revolutionary plan of action” to plug and abandon ALL of his company’s oil wells and convert the well-sites over to 100% green and clean technologies, he addressed the issue of fracking, and in particular the difficult decision presently sitting on the desk of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. What this 42 year oil man and current CEO says will shock you, as he reveals what really goes on deep under ground when the drilling and subsequent fracking commence.
FILM AND ARTICLE CREDITS
- Emerson Urry - Video Editor, Sound Editor, 3D Animator