13 Apr '11, 2pm

Whistleblower: How frackers deceive landowners

As reported by Brian Merchant at Treehugger , a tipster has offered up an internal oil and natural gas company document called "Talking Points for Selling Oil and Gas Lease Rights." If this is genuine, it’s basically a “How To Lie To Get Drilling Rights For Fun and Profit” guide. One thing the document tells us is that apparently the best way to manipulate naive landowners into endangering the quality of their land and water is to appeal to their patriotism. (Hmmm, where have we seen that tactic before?) "Most landowners will be patriotic Americans, and will desire to free our nation from foreign oil dependence. Make certain you lead with this selling point:CHINA bought more oil than the United States last year. Fear of foreign encroachment is the biggest asset we have in selling our development strategy." …So if this were a flow chart, the first question would be, "Is the...

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