Madeleine Lombard: Students create film about fracked gas, get eye-opener on issue (Daily Hampshire Gazette 3/29/19)
I’m a senior at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield. As part of our expeditionary learning project this year, my senior class produced a 47-minute documentary, “Under Pressure,” about our state’s dependence on fracked gas.
We traveled to the Merrimack Valley to interview survivors of the tragic gas explosions, emergency responders, scientists, gas company representatives, elected officials, and grassroots activists. My understanding of this issue now goes way beyond headlines.
Fracked gas is not “natural,” nor is it a “bridge fuel” as it has been cleverly spun. Tracked from extraction to end use, gas is dirtier than coal. It is a harmful indoor pollutant. It does not support a shift to clean energy; it delays it. The fracked gas industry makes false claims of “capacity shortages” as an excuse to build bigger pipelines and expand use. (read more)
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