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Photos confirm flaming water existed before fracking in Texas

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Photos from 2005, recently uncovered from court documents, show that flaming water existed years before hydraulic fracking began in Parker County, Texas, the website EnergyInDepth reports.

A fracking well in Parker County was the source of the infamous “flaming hose” scene in Josh Fox's “Gasland Part II,” which has already been debunked. The photos below are from a water well just a half-mile away from the well that produced the "Gasland" hoax.


 

Range Resources, the fracking company accused of well contamination (and then exonerated), did not start drilling in Parker County until 2009, nearly half a decade after the photos above were taken.

Despite anti-fracking activists’ claims that the water only began flaming after Range began drilling, the evidence shows that naturally occurring methane in the region’s water supply was the real culprit. Another photo, of a well drilled in 2003, shows a water well in the same region with two “danger” signs warning of flammable gas.

 

Of course, a video of a man with a hose attached to a gas line is far more powerful than any scientific evidence — or the blessings of Obama administration officials.

On Wednesday, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar again confirmed that there has not been “a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone.”

Salazar, along with President Obama's former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, said in September that fracking was “safe.”

Both former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and current Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz have said that there is no evidence of groundwater contamination due to fracking.

Add to that support the recent discrediting of anti-fracking activists' favorite study, and the entire anti-fracking movement appears to be going out with the wastewater.

Photos in this post were first published by EnergyInDepth.org and are used here by permission.

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Ashe Schow

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The Washington Examiner