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.

 

Serial fracking polluter Range Resources vows to strike again

January 23, 2012 • Sharon Wilson

It is "abundantly clear" that Range Resources knew about the “angular and nonconforming and unpredictable geology” in Parker County Texas, yet they cut corners and polluted Texas drinking water anyway. Now, Matt Pitzarella, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs has vowed they will strike again.

Chesapeake Energy executive tells conflicting stories about Oklahoma gas well blowout

January 8, 2012 • Sharon Wilson

A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig working in Oklahoma hit a shallow pocket of gas on Thursday causing a blowout which burned the rig to the ground. Jim Gipson, Director - Media Relations for Chesapeake, told the media one story but told a concerned Denton citizen a completely different story. Both stories can't be true.

Eagle Ford Shale gas singled out to be liquified and exported

December 21, 2011 • Sharon Wilson

Surprise, surprise! You've been hoodwinked.

The gas produced in the Eagle Ford Shale has been singled out to be converted to LNG and exported, according to NGI's Shale Daily which is available only to subscribers (trial subscriptions are available).

Eagle Ford Production Targeted for LNG Export published by NGI's Shale Daily: December 19, 2011 The latest proposal by Cheniere Energy Inc. singles out the Eagle Ford Shale as a source of gas to be liquefied.
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Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC is developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at one of Cheniere's existing sites that was previously permitted for a regasification terminal. The site is in San Patricio County, TX. The Eagle Ford is about 60 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, Cheniere noted.

Last week I posted an analysis on Bluedaze of the recently released Global Insight report from IHS. The report paints a picture of “inflationary pressures which will rocket through the U.S. economy as a consequence of higher natural gas prices.” Exporting domestic natural gas will create more demand which will cause higher natural gas prices.

 

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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.

PSYOPS: Range Resources official statement changes twice

November 10, 2011 • Sharon Wilson

As you know by now, the Big Gas Mafia held a much ballyhooed media/PR conference to get their fracking story straight to combat all the bad press and their failure to convince the American public that they can frack safely. I paid to attend that conference and wore my name badge the entire time.

Transparency was a big theme–hiding/spinning wrongdoings just escalates the public distrust. Yet here they are with the media equivalent of a spill — admissions that they’re using and encourage use of military tactics against American citizens. Yet, rather than owning it and admitting wrongdoing and addressing the problem they are instead trying to divert and obfuscate.

A response to an industry caught with their pants down.

November 9, 2011 • Sharon Wilson

I've spent most of the day talking to reporters about the PSYOPS story that broke yesterday and has now gone viral. This is the most fun version of the story.

I'm not a good note taker which is why I thought I would record parts of the conference. After the first panel, I decided to record the entire thing.  And Matt Pitzarella of Range Resources and Matt Carmichael of Anadarko  got caught with their pants down -- recommending using military tactics on communities.

Their attempts to spin out of the mess they created has been tragicomic.

The Texas Tribune inadvertently demonstrates the importance of the 1st amendment

September 26, 2011 • Sharon Wilson

This past weekend,  The Texas Tribune, the nonprofit news site that enjoys a higher profile in the journalism world (than it would otherwise) thanks to its partnership with The New York Times, held a lecture-and-networking event on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

I was invited to appear on a panel after the showing of the documentary Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future.

I knew the film depicted natural gas drilling in the Haynesville Shale as an economic miracle for folks in north Louisiana and East Texas, with barely a mention of environmental health risks. I said yes, received an enthusiastic confirmation letter requesting my bio, which I sent in, a request to sign the “Talent Agreement,” and a list of the panel members.