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Showing of 'Truthland' met with skepticism tonight in Youngstown

Published: Tue, August 14, 2012 @ 9:51 p.m.


A mostly anti-fracking audience attended the first showing of “Truthland” in Youngstown on Tuesday at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor.

They laughed openly during the documentary, and waved red flags when they believed panel members after the movie were lying. Later, they complained about the controlled nature of the event.

“Truthland” is a film made by Shelly DePue, a Pennsylvania farmer whose land was leased and fracked. It attempts to rebuke the ideas presented in the film “Gasland,” which explores whether fracking is safe.

DePue was part of Tuesday’s panel and answered a question about a well on her property that caused the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to investigate.

“I object to the idea that most of the chemicals used in fracking are something that most of us have in our homes, said Judy Vershum, one of those in the audience against fracking. It was just an example of the untruths that are shown in this film, she said.

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1VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I am not against drilling for oil and gas. But, I want it done responsibly. There are other methods.

It is true, most of the "chemicals" used in fracking are normally found in our homes.

But, we "normally" do not have 4 million gallons of it under our sink.

Fracking reminds me of what happened to San Francisco Bay during the gold rush of the 1800's. Commercial mining companies began using hydraulic pressure to "wash" the gold from "them thar hills". After the gold supply dried up and the mining companies moved out, all the silt, which had concentrated levels of mercury, moved into the rivers and streams that drained into the bay. This mercury is still seeping into San Francisco Bay to this day and people are advised to not eat fish caught in the bay.

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2ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I am sure those who are skeptical about Truthland will not question anything shown in Gasland. I don't know what it is about people that always makes them think there is some crisis that they have to take action about. People in this valley are losing REAL MONEY because of the fearmongering of the anti gas exploration crowd. Every acre of land in Youngstown was worth $5,000 minimum before Hilcorp pulled out. FIVE GRAND! Properties that you couldn't give away five years ago are now worth a fortune. But no, people would rather be ignorant and fearmonger. How much potential wealth did the anti Gas crowd cost us?

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3najjjj(106 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Just to add to Vindyak's comment. Not only was the San Francisco Bay effected by the gold rush, but so were outlying areas. About 40 miles south is San Jose where they mined for "quicksilver" better known as mercury. The mercury was used in the gold extraction process. The area still bears the scars. Mercury that leeched into the soil and into many miles of streams, creeks, and rivers is still present OVER 150 yrs later. Those water sources still carry signs warning not to enter the water due to high mercury levels. Even though the area has been turned into a state park the soil still carries measurable amounts of mercury. There were cleaner ways at that time to extract gold. But as always greed trumped and the fastest, easiest ways to get at any and all gold were used. Safety of people and the land came last. Will we ever learn??

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4Billtucker(4 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What is the trouble with Truthland?
The gas industry and Energy in Depth’s reason for making this movie is to debunk what it says are false claims made by Josh Fox in the Oscar nominated film “Gasland”, that taps can’t be lit on fire because of gas drilling causing methane migration, because the methane has always been there. No one is denying that there is naturally occurring methane in Pennsylvania and other parts of the country. The industry itself does not deny that drilling causes methane migration into aquifers, just Energy in Depth, the lobby group who produced the movie. I personally have videotaped a tap lighting on fire because of drilling in a woman’s backyard with newspaper reporters standing right next to me in this video. http://youtu.be/4LBjSXWQRV8
The whole premise of this video is that Shelly DePue watched “Gasland” with her family and decided to go across country to look for the truth. This is made up. She admits this at 8:10 in this video. http://youtu.be/jUfjWxpxORY The gas industry found her through a land owners group and asked her to be in the video, not how it is portrayed in the film. Nothing like accusing someone of making stuff up by making stuff up. It negates the whole point.
The second glaring problem is that the woman in the video goes around the country talking to experts that tell her that the well casings in gas drilling are safe and do not leak. What is not mentioned in the video is that after filming, one of the 10 wells on her property was found leaking and bubbling methane. Here is the link to the Inspection Report on that well. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?se...
The third problem is that in the family makes a list of questions for Shelly to ask the experts including: “Do the gas companies follow the rules?” Apparently not. There was a 10 barrel oil based mud spill at the families well pad that WPX did not report. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?se...
The forth issue is that Dr. Engleder implies that dish detergent is the only other substance in frack fluid besides water. Hmmm. Then says Josh’s Gasland is full of innuendo. Hmmm. I don't recall hydrochloric acid in my dish detergent. See link http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvan...
He goes on to imply there has never been any problems with wells drilled in the last 50 years. What about all the abandoned and old wells in PA I see on YouTube with the bubbling methane? http://www.youtube.com/user/GeoguyNEP...

In the video, Loren Salsman gives Shelly a nice glass of Dimock water and they drink up. What is not shown or mentioned in the video is that the water goes through an elaborate filter system provided by Cabot Oil and Gas, the gas company responsible for the methane migration in his well. http://youtu.be/Kni3UDhj550

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5Dory(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The infomercial was NOT made by Sherry DePue, it was funded, produced and distributed by Energy-in-Depth (front group for the natural gas industry) and the International Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).

the "Truth"land website was originally registered as being owned by Chesapeake Energy. Ownership registration is now IndependentPetroleumAssociation of America

Has anyone counted how many gas wells or natural gas facilities - like compressor stations - were actually visited or even shown in the infomercial?

I did count them - there were ZERO shown.

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