The O. Zone

Frack attack via music video, and chemical revelation Texas-style

By David O. Williams
Real AspenMay 23, 2011

A new music video called “My Water's On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)” by David Holmes and journalism students at New York University's Studio 20 is making the rounds after being posted on the Pulitzer Prize-winning website ProPublica.

The video (see below) was produced in conjunction with ProPublica's more than three-year investigation into the common but controversial natural gas drilling procedure called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” It's a process used in more than 90 percent of the natural gas wells in the nation, including extensively on Colorado's Western Slope and Front Range.

David O. Williams

The process and the controversy require a paragraph or two to explain in every story on the topic, forcing an almost cut-and-paste process that goes something like this: “Hydraulic fracturing is a natural gas drilling procedure that involves injecting mostly water and sand, but also some toxic chemicals, under very high pressure deep into gas wells in order to fracture tight geological formations and free up more gas. Critics are concerned that undisclosed chemicals are making their way into drinking water supplies closer to the surface. The oil and gas industry denies such allegations and says it must keep the chemicals secret for proprietary reasons.”

A mouthful of mumbo jumbo, right? This music video, while it comes with a clear slant on the topic, does a much better job of explaining the process.

If you want to hear me on the radio talking up this topic, which I've done a lot of reporting on over the past three years, click here to hear a special reporters roundtable on David Sirota's talk radio show on 760 AM in Denver. The show aired Friday, May 13.

Turns out even Texas -- which someone in the environmental community portrayed to me as a "real" oil and gas state -- is ahead of Colorado on some aspects of drilling regulation.

Even as Colorado oil and gas officials continue to resist attempts by some members of the state's congressional delegation to pass federal law compelling the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, Texas could soon establish a national model for fracking transparency.

The Associated Press last week reported a bill that would require mandatory disclosure of many of the chemicals used in the fracking process was approved by the state House and is now being considered by the Senate. “The bill in its current form has widespread support among both Republicans and Democrats and GOP Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it,” according to AP.

While some environmental groups say the bill doesn't go far enough because companies would only have to post on the Web the maximum concentrations of chemicals regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they also acknowledge it's a big first step in a state dominated by business-friendly Republicans.

The GOP has a super-majority in the House and a majority in the Senate, and industry officials didn't even think the controversial process of fracking – in which water, sand and chemicals are injected under high pressure into gas wells to fracture tight underground geological formations and free up more gas – would be on the agenda this session.

But AP reports Texas Rep. James Keffer, a GOP energy committee chairman who shepherded the bill to passage in the House, became increasingly convinced public fears about fracking needed to be addressed as drilling occurs closer and closer to residential areas.

“There are concerns: What's going down the hole? Is it poisonous? What is it doing to the water supply?” Keffer told AP. “I felt like the time had to come to get it off the table.”

Colorado regulators say the current state rules for oil and gas drilling adequately cover the fracking process and that federal oversight could pull staff from other important environmental concerns. They're also touting a voluntary website where companies can list chemicals used in fracking. Most companies want to keep the proportions of those chemicals secret for proprietary reasons.

comments: 17 Comments on "Frack attack via music video, and chemical revelation Texas-style"

bnasd – Nov. 02, 2022, at 2:30 a.m.

Succeed! It could be one of the most useful blogs we have ever come across on the subject. Excellent info! I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort very well. Thanks for the huge help. Wing Stop Promotional Codes

bnasd – Nov. 05, 2022, at 5:37 a.m.

This is my first time visit here. From the tons of comments on your articles,I guess I am not only one having all the enjoyment right here! ANSÖKNINGSFORM FÖR INDISK VISUM

bnasd – Nov. 07, 2022, at 4:53 a.m.

Superbly written article, if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a far better place.. Canada Visa Canada

bnasd – Nov. 10, 2022, at 2:23 a.m.

Your articles are inventive. I am looking forward to reading the plethora of articles that you have linked here. Thumbs up!

bnasd – Nov. 10, 2022, at 5:35 a.m.

All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts.Thanks ויזה דיילת רפואית להודו

bnasd – Nov. 15, 2022, at 5:05 a.m.

It is my first visit to your blog, and I am very impressed with the articles that you serve. Give adequate knowledge for me. Thank you for sharing useful material. I will be back for the more great post. ઑનલાઇન કેનેડા વિઝા

bnasd – Nov. 18, 2022, at 6:01 a.m.

What a sensational blog! This blog is too much amazing in all aspects. Especially, it looks awesome and the content available on it is utmost qualitative. Kelayakan Visa Kanada

bnasd – Nov. 21, 2022, at 12:43 a.m.

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here keep up the good work Turkey Visa for Tourists

bnasd – Nov. 23, 2022, at 12:52 a.m.

Thanks so much for this information. I have to let you know I concur on several of the points you make here and others may require some further review, but I can see your viewpoint. VISA AU CANADA

bnasd – Nov. 25, 2022, at 5:07 a.m.

You have outdone yourself this time. It is probably the best, most short step by step guide that I have ever seen. ЗАХТЕВИ ЗА ВИЗУ ЗА ИНДИЈУ

bnasd – Nov. 27, 2022, at 5:11 a.m.

Thanks for an interesting blog. What else may I get that sort of info written in such a perfect approach? I have an undertaking that I am just now operating on, and I have been on the lookout for such info. 印度簽證在線

bnasd – Nov. 28, 2022, at 6:51 a.m.

Wow, excellent post. I'd like to draft like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article. This post has encouraged me to write some posts that I am going to write soon. Structural engineer

bnasd – Nov. 30, 2022, at 6:16 a.m.

What is an outstanding post! “I’ll be back” (to read more of your content). Thanks for the nudge! Indické vízum

bnasd – Dec. 03, 2022, at 11:32 p.m.

I appreciate this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so interested in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. Your blog is really impressive. Turkiet turistvisum

bnasd – Dec. 06, 2022, at 1:10 a.m.

This is a great post. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways.Thanks for posting this again. Canada Adgangskrav

bnasd – Dec. 06, 2022, at 7:01 a.m.

very interesting post.this is my first time visit here.i found so mmany interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion..thanks for the post! Tobaku Bali

bnasd – Dec. 08, 2022, at 1:50 a.m.

I think this is an informative post and it is very beneficial and knowledgeable. Therefore, I would like to thank you for the endeavors that you have made in writing this article. All the content is absolutely well-researched. Thanks... تأشيرة الهند السياحية

Comment Form Info  Comment Information
Real Aspen encourages you to post comments on our articles and blogs. Logged in email is required for monitoring purposes. Your email will not be published and will not be distributed to any third-party. Abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, libelous or defamatory comments are prohibited. By posting a comment, you agree to this policy and our terms of use. To report an abusive posting, please contact us.

To make a comment, please log in or create an account. This helps us prevent spam and other malicious attacks.

Please log in to comment


Create a user account to comment

Snow Report

  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
More Weather Reports
Vail powder day snow snake
Airing it out at Crested Butte
Feb. 17, 2011 Surprise 14 inches of Fresh Powder