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"Truthland" Has The Facts You Didn’t See In "Gasland"

On Saturday, June 16, the documentary film “Truthland” will make its first official screening to audiences in Columbus, Ohio, followed by a 35-stop screening tour across more than 12 U.S. states. “Truthland” comes as a response to the 2010 Josh Fox documentary film “Gasland,” a film that skewed audience’s beliefs about natural gas drilling.

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Revisiting Documentary "Gasland" and False Claims

In a 2010 documentary entitled “Gasland,” the process of hydraulic fracturing is portrayed as the catalyst for numerous problems across America. It is blamed for killing fish in rivers and for causing tap water contamination. But, is everything featured in the documentary "Gasland" accurate? 

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Air & Water Quality

Industry groups say EPA study on methane emissions is overstated

A new study of methane emissions from unconventional natural gas production was released on June 4, 2012, contradicting the estimates found by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The study, entitled “Characterizing Pivotal Sources of Methane Emissions from Unconventional Natural Gas Production,” was conducted by URS Corporation and The LEVON Group and sponsored by America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). The results state that the EPA’s overall estimate of methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing of unconventional natural gas wells is vastly overstated.

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More good news about natural gas vehicles

A Dallas-based company, AmericaCNG, announced this month that they will be equipping 300 Roady’s Truck Stops with natural gas fueling equipment. This comes on the heels of a recent announcement by Clean Energy Fuels to install natural gas fueling equipment at 250 Pilot and Flying J truck stops nationwide.  

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Funds available for natural gas vehicles

On April 27, 2012, the Railroad Commission of Texas announced that it has grant funds available for public fleets. The grant money, which totals $700,000, would be used to assist school districts and cities, for example, if they purchase new low-emission natural gas vehicles for their fleets. 

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Air & Water Quality

The truth about emissions from Barnett Shale natural gas sites: they are less than half those from mobile sources

Ever since the Environmental Defense Fund published a paper by Al Armendariz in 2009 alleging that emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from natural gas operations in the Barnett Shale are greater than VOCs from all the cars and trucks in the region, the statement has been repeated over and over as if it were fact (for example here). The paper and its conclusions were thoroughly disputed at the time and TCEQ’s analyses have never supported that claim.    

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Drilling & Fracturing

What is frac’ing? And, is it the same as hydraulic fracturing?

In short, yes. The term “fracking,” which is (supposedly) shorthand for the well completion process of hydraulic fracturing, is actually correctly spelled “frac’ing.” Fracking has become the most used word to describe natural gas from shale deposits, such as the Barnett Shale.

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Barnett Shale

Water use in Barnett Shale gas wells

All forms of energy require water, and natural gas is the most efficient option, using only 1 to 3 gallons of water per MMBTU (million British thermal units). This includes all forms of natural gas production from conventional onshore wells, offshore wells, and natural gas from shales, including the Barnett Shale.

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How natural gas vehicles can help clean up the air in Dallas/Fort Worth

Did you know that the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a nine-county, ozone non-attainment area since 1997, long before the Barnett Shale began development? So what is the source of the ozone problem that is regularly mentioned? 

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Measuring the Climate Impacts of Natural Gas

There are many positive characteristics of natural gas, the main benefit being that natural gas is the lowest-carbon fuel. The numerous advantageous aspects of natural gas have long been recognized. For instance, the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center says that CNG (compressed natural gas) is 26% less carbon-intensive than gasoline. 

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