- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

If Hollywood celebrities don’t like hydraulic fracturing, then maybe they should stop flying in jets, heating their swimming pools and undergoing plastic surgery, according to a video released Tuesday.

“Celebrities: You Don’t Know What You’re Fracking Talking About” is the Western Energy Alliance’s response to “What the Frack,” a star-studded video produced by the Environmental Media Association and released three weeks ago by Americans Against Fracking.

The Hollywood video showcases an array of entertainers, including Lance Bass, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, and Wilmer Valderrama, lobbying against hydraulic fracturing and repeating the catch phrase, “What the frack?”

The pro-fracking video released Tuesday features no celebrities, just folks who appear to work in the oil-and-gas industry touting fracking’s safety record and importance in providing low-cost energy.

About 60 percent of oil and 98 percent of natural gas wells use hydraulic fracturing as part of the extraction process, which typically lasts three to four days in the life of a 30-year well.

“The Hollywood celebrities appearing in the anti-fracking videos are woefully misinformed about hydraulic fracturing, and merely repeating talking points from extreme environmental groups that are trying to stop American oil and natural gas development,” said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs at Western Energy Alliance.

The frack-and-forth comes as environmental groups raise alarms about expanding energy development in states like Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

In their video, the celebrities call for President Obama to declare a national ban on hydraulic fracturing and reopen government studies on the process’s safety. Environmental Protection Agency studies have never uncovered an incident of groundwater contamination from fracking.

In response, the non-celebrities point out that fracking has been used for over six decades, adding that the alternative is to rely on energy from overseas where environmental standards are looser.

They conclude by saying, “Sorry, Hollywood, this is not a movie. It’s the truth.”

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