I've pointed out numberless times before how the example of Dimock Pennsylvania is far more complex than anti shale forces, and the journalists who often simply print the press release after no investigation,  would have us believe.

The anti narrative goes like this in the unfiltered by reality version that even the BBC Northwest trotted out just last week.

 Down in the village of Dimock, I met Bill Ely whose party piece is setting fire to his water supply. He said it has been contaminated with methane ever since he leased his land to a drilling company.

In any large organisation it's only natural to expect that one hand doesn't always know what the other is doing. On the one hand a few weeks back:

Asked if development of shale gas resources threatened Russia’s dominance of Europe’s energy market, Mr Putin grabbed a notepad to draw diagrams of how “fracking” – the method used to extract such gas – could damage the environment. He also denounced moves by Brussels that would force Russia’s Gazprom energy group to divest pipelines it owns in the EU.

But thanks to the Internet, we can also see that Premier Putin is not in full possession of the facts. Gazprom is a very big organisation, almost as big as the KGB used to be, so perhaps he was simply misinformed. How bad can fracking be if Gazprom was using it to extract oil as far back as 2007:

This is the first report I've seen talking about shale not from the view of geology, economics, water or carbon.  When it comes down to it does shale make people sick?  Let's recall that a fondly and longly held theory among gas antis is that court sealed documents prevent us knowing the full impact of shale. But if there was a wide impact, 99% of us would trust doctors to find those impacts and report them to state health authorities:

Last month, the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health sponsored a conference on the health impacts from Marcellus Shale gas extraction, with speakers from a range of disciplines.

The take-away messages from the conference:

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  • TShepstone

    Read the latest news from Diock:<br /><br />http://eidmarcellus.org/blog/further-review-of-the-data-in-dimock-shows-room-for-epa-error/6021/
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I was in Poland most of last week so I missed this BBC Lancashire report on shale gas.  It seems a very expensive thing to send a local BBC reporter to Pennsylvania and come up with a report that basically finds there is a lot of traffic.