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Gasland redux

Oh, the power of innuendo.  At The Daily, "School Knows Frack-tions":

...Dozens of districts are closing budget shortfalls with fracking leases, especially in Pennsylvania and Texas.

However, fracking, which involves the injection of high-pressure liquids underground to extract gas and oil, is controversial. Opponents worry about polluted water and other environmental damage. The industry contends the method is safe, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that fracking may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution in Pavillion, Wyo....
That's it, except to note that "School district and company officials did not return phone calls. "

Read the whole thing (it won't take very long—like most things in The Daily, it's what amounts to a sound byte). Compare it with this:
...The draft EPA findings, released Thursday, said compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath Pavillion, a small community in central Wyoming where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals.
But at a State Capitol press conference with Gov. Matt Mead, [Interior Secretary Ken] Salazar said the EPA’s findings were only preliminary and haven’t yet been reviewed by other scientists.
“We’ll see what happens with this Pavillion study,” Salazar said. “And I think it’s important that the real facts finally get to the table with respect to the peer review and seeing whether there’s something specific with respect to that basin that is different from what we have across the country.”

Salazar said fracking “can be done and is being done safely” in the United States...
Oh.  Well, that sounds a little different doesn't it?  The Daily story does say that "fracking may be to blame..."   But many people who attended a PAUSE presentation in Newfield in October greeted with utter disbelief the doubts expressed by CSI's Steve Penningroth about the validity of the oft-quoted Duke study on methane in drinking water. How likely would those folks be to think that the jury is still out on the EPA Pavillion study?
And we're talking about schools here. So The Daily is slyly engaging in the kind of fear-mongering that avante-garde director Josh Fox raised (almost) to the level of art in Gasland.
And they wonder why we're skeptical.
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