U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, said in a short statement today that he hasn’t seen the HBO documentary “Gasland” that began airing last night but that it contains “many inaccuracies.”
Boren is shown in the movie at a House hearing defending the process known as hydraulic fracturing, in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into a well to break up rock and free the flow of gas. Boren says at the hearing that opponents are “searching for a problem that does not exist.” And he asks witnesses at the hearing whether the country would be more dependent on foreign energy if companies were not allowed to use hydraulic fracturing.
Gasland is a muckraking documentary that blames natural gas drilling for water and air pollution in several states. People in the film accuse natural gas companies of being insensitive to the environment and regulators are portrayed as indifferent or incompetent.
Boren, who has been fighting against a proposal that give the federal government authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing _ it is currently overseen by states _ said today:
“I have not seen the movie in question but believe that it contains many inaccuracies. In Oklahoma, we have a proud heritage in the energy sector. We have seen the proper regulation of hydraulic fracturing at the state level.”