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Shocking Scene of a Fire-Spouting Hose in Gasland Sequel Was a Complete Hoax

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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.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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