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Gasland II movie muddies fracking debate

By Jim Mackinnon Published: July 9, 2013

The Via Meadia blog at The American Interest doesn't think highly of Josh Fox's new Gasland II documentary on fracking.

Via Meadia: "... Gasland II is chock-full of errors and falsehoods. Some might be unintentional (Fox readily admits that he’s a 'theater guy,' not an engineer or chemist), but at least one seems to be a case of deceit.

"Via Meadia will be posting a round-up of the errors sometime next week, but suffice it to say that the film is more middling art than serious science. More than that, the documentary is a nuisance; it muddies already turbid waters and makes it extremely difficult for the layperson to distinguish fact from fiction in the shale boom debate. Even when Fox has a case, as he does in his coverage of the town of Dimock, Pennsylvania, he overstates it.

"In the coming days and weeks we’ll see more back and forth between the film’s champions and critics. The two camps are too entrenched, the debate too polarized, the middle ground mostly deserted."

Read the whole thing here.



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