No EAB meeting this month. Oh darn. But no worries. Around these parts you don’t have to wait long or drive far for a heaping pile of propaganda.
On January 30, Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, and WPX Energy will sponsor a free public viewing of Down Deep, UnEarthing the Truth about Hydraulic Fracturing
Date: January 30, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Rifle Campus Clough Auditorium
Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus, 3695 Airport Road Rifle, CO 81650
Robin Haney 970-625-6950
In November, WPX Energy released Down Deep “to help clear up controversy and misinformation surrounding hydraulic fracturing and the process of exploring for, drilling and producing oil and natural gas.” The 25-minute video features conversations with WPX executives, experts, landowners, and neighbors – but mostly WPX executives. Evidently the video flopped online and nobody watched it so they’re taking their show on the road. First stop — CMC.
If you can’t wait for January 30, go ahead and watch the video here. I did. It’s a WPX Energy infomercial. They should’ve titled it “We’re the good guys!”
You remember WPX Energy. The company is a spinoff of Williams (Midstream, or Production, or Energy) and began trading as a separate company on January 1, 2012. Williams owns the Parachute Gas Processing Plant and the pipeline that sustained a broken pressure gauge in mid-December 2012. Unbeknownst to anyone at WPX or Williams at the time, liquid hydrocarbons were leaking into the ground. Allegedly the problem valve was “discovered” and shut off on January 3, 2013. However the extent of the spill and the massive underground hydrocarbon plume were not unearthed until March 8. The rest, as they say, is history – the Parachute Creek spill.
Be that as it may, the focus on the Parachute/Battlement Mesa region gives this film the distinct feel of a PR campaign in response to bad publicity in the wake of an environmental disaster. Think BP’s “we love us some Gulf Coast” campaign — with a jab or two at Gasland thrown in for good measure. WPX likes to brag about how they recycle frack water and that’s in there, too. But frack water ain’t the only thing they recycle. This is the same old bullshit in a sanitized wrapper. A PR pug mill.
Before the public attends this public viewing at a public college they deserve the answer to two questions:
Why is CMC — a publicly funded college – sponsoring a public viewing of a WPX Energy infomercial?
The video is only 25 minutes – what’s on the program for the other hour and a half?