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The Fracking Song: explainer with lyrics and links


Michael Giberson

NYU journalism students produced “My water’s on fire tonight (The Fracking Song)” as part of a collaboration with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news program that has been examining natural gas drilling and the environment.

ProPublica says a bit about the music video here., another part of the NYU journalism collaboration with ProPublica, explains more about the music video, including lyrics with links (reproduced below).

If you are looking for a pop culture treatment of fracking, “The Fracking Song” is more accurate (and has higher production values!) than the Oscar-nominated film Gasland. One could quibble with parts – it mentions the toxic chemicals in fracking fluids without relating how dangerous (or not) the chemicals typically are at usual levels of dilution; little mention of waste water treatment and disposal issues which are likely more of a problem than underground gas or fluid migration issues that get mentioned.  Still, it isn’t bad as a 2 1/2 minute introduction.


“My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)” is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

Music by David Holmes and Andrew Bean
Vocals by David Holmes and Niel Bekker
Animation by Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker


Fracking is a form of natural gas drilling
An alternative to oil cause the oil kept spilling
Bringing jobs to small towns so everybody’s willing
People turn on their lights and the drillers make a killing

Water goes into the pipe, the pipe into the ground
The pressure creates fissures 7,000 feet down
The cracks release the gas that powers your town
That well is fracked….. Yeah totally fracked

But there’s more in the water than just H2O
Toxic chemicals help to make the fluid flow
With names like benzene and formaldehyde
You better keep ‘em far away from the water supply

The drillers say the fissures are a mile below
The groundwater pumped into American homes
But don’t tell it to the residents of Sublette Wy-O
That water’s fracked…. We’re talking Benzene…

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight

So it all goes back to 2005
Bush said gas drillers didn’t have to comply
with the Safe Drinking Water Act, before too long
It was “frack, baby, frack” until the break of dawn.

With the EPA out it was up to the states
But they didn’t have the money to investigate
Sick people couldn’t prove fracking was to blame
All the while water wells were going up in flames

Cause it’s hard to contain all the methane released
It can get into the air, it can get into the streams.
It’s a greenhouse gas, worse than CO2
Fracking done wrong could lead to climate change too

Now it’s not that drillers should never be fracking
But the current regulation is severely lacking
Reduce the toxins, contain the gas and wastewater
And the people won’t get sick and the planet won’t get hotter

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight

The Fracking Song: explainer with lyrics and links
Michael Giberson
Sat, 14 May 2011 02:05:56 GMT


Global shale gas reserves


Shale gas is fast emerging as the next big global energy source. Marginal Revolution points to this graphic of global shale gas reserves from an assessment of 48 shale gas basins in 32 countries made by the US Energy Information Agency. The EIA estimates that over 6,600 Tcf of shale gas resources are estimated to be technically recoverable.

To lend some perspective, 1,000 Tcf of natural gas contains the equivalent energy to 166 billion barrels of oil. Note that India does not have anything to cheer from this source too, atleast from this set of data. It is possible that exploration for shale gas is at its nascent stages in Asia and Africa.
The only real issue with shale gas is whether its costs – by way of hydraulic fracking causing pollution of aquifers and methane leakages from shale wells – exceed the benefits arising from lower carbon releases. However, the final verdict may not come anytime soon. Over the next few years, there will surely be significant improvements in technologies aimed at curbing pollution.

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Global shale gas reserves (gulzar)
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 02:07:00 GMT