Seems anti-fracking film Director Josh Fox has taken a page from those old Dateline NBC segments, featuring exploding Chevy pickup trucks.
In a scene in the propaganda sequel to Gasland, Fox seeks to terrify viewers by showing a man in Texas lighting the contents of his garden hose on fire, a frightening result allegedly at the hands of a nearby hydrofracking operation.
Problem being the incident, while sensational, is a complete hoax. And one that was proven in a court of law no less.
Via Washington Free Beacon:
Environmentalist filmmaker Josh Fox presents a hoax perpetrated by a Texas activist designed to malign an innovative oil and gas extraction technique as sensational evidence of its catastrophic environmental impact.
Fox’s new film, Gasland Part II, features a powerful scene showing a Texas landowner lighting the contents of a garden hose on fire. The incident is presented as evidence of water contamination from a nearby hydraulic fracturing operation.
According to a Texas court, the scene was actually a hoax devised by a Texas environmental activist engaged in a prolonged battle with a local gas company to falsely inflate the supposed dangers of the oil and gas extraction technique, also known as fracking.
In a February 2012 court case, it was determined that the Texas landowner, Steven Lipsky, under the direction of environmental activist, Alisa Rich, knowingly attached his garden hose to a gas vent, and not a water line, before lighting the contents on fire.
Shockingly, it turns out gas from a direct gas line is highly flammable.
The court also came to the following conclusion:
“This demonstration was not done for scientific study but to provide local and national news media a deceptive video, calculated to alarm the public into believing the water was burning.”
But then, that is every leftists opposition to economic and scientific progress – loose facts and sensational fairy tales.