Gasland Director Arrested for Filming Fracking Hearing
Josh Fox, the director of the controversial documentary portraying shale gas production as dangerous, was arrested at the White House yesterday after refusing to stop taping a Republican-dominated Congressional hearing.
The hearing focused on the Environmental Protection Agency's draft report finding that an aquifer in Wyoming had been polluted by fluids from hydraulic fracturing, the drilling technique under scrutiny in Fox's Oscar-nominated film, “Gasland.”
Shale gas proponents say the film inaccurately portrays the safety record of US shale gas production, over exaggerated in scenes featuring flaming tapwater as a result of polluted water supplies from fracking.
Congressman Maurice Hinchey called Fox's arrest “beyond unacceptable,” claiming that it was an act of “blatant censorship and a shameful stain on his Congress.”
Josh Fox arrested while trying to film Fracking hearing:
Though shale gas production has skyrocketed over recent years, and is seen as a crucial component in transitioning over to more renewable energy and away from coal and crude oil, many fear that its rapid development threatens drinking water, public health and may even cause earthquakes.
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Republicans accused the EPA for citing politics versus facts, but the EPA continued to defend its work in Pavillion, Wyoming.
“EPA has acted carefully, thoughtfully, deliberately, and transparently in our ground water investigation and in sharing the data and findings contained in our draft report,” EPA region 8 administrator Jim Martin. "We have applied the highest standards of scientific rigor."
It remains unclear whether Fox was actually breaking the law.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.