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What The Frack? T. Boone Pickens Defends Fracking

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Leave it to The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart to get some controversial comments out of his guests. In an interview with T. Boone Pickens last week, Stewart discussed the “Pickens Plan” with the former oil man and his ideas to end U.S. dependency on OPEC oil by switching to domestic resources. No surprise there, as Pickens has been campaigning his cause for a while. But when the conversation landed on natural gas, Pickens dropped a bomb.

In asking Pickens why the U.S. was behind other countries in terms of natural gas usage, Stewart brought up safety issues during fracking as one of the possible reasons why. Pickens responded by all but denying that those safety issues even exist, saying, “I have never seen that happen… I’ve been here. I have fracked 3,000 wells in my life… I’ve never seen anything damaged.”

Certainly campaigners on the other side of the natural gas argument, like Mark Ruffalo and Josh Fox, would disagree. Fox is the director of the recent documentary Gasland, which examines the effects of fracking on the environment and local inhabitants. Ruffalo held his own panel on the subject, saying that “the gas and oil industry has a strangle hold on us.”

Granted, Pickens didn’t deny fracking damage outright: he seemed careful to say that he had never seen it himself, and didn’t argue further when Stewart responded that some might disagree with him. But it’s still a bold statement, considering the evidence to the contrary!

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