LETTER: Frackers Taped Admitting Using Military Psyops On Public.

Updated 5 years ago Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

The oil and gas industry is now using military psychological operations to “educate” the media, public and regulatory bodies. At an industry conference in Houston, “Media & Stakeholder Relations; Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative 2011,” the conferees were taped citing the use of the US Army/Marine Corp Insurgency Manual and former psy-ops agents.

Calling community activists “insurgents" reportable to Homeland Security, the manual's tactics include pitting neighbor against neighbor and tracking us to map our relationships. The CEO of Jurat Software spoke of the importance of data mining and intelligence collection.

Along with media propaganda, campaign donations and university funding, these methods seem to have given gas and oil companies nearly complete control in West Virginia. However, New York has banned fracking due to its toxicity. To hear tapes: texassharon.com; “PSYOPS”.

Another presentation, “Understanding How to Cultivate Pitches and Hooks That Will Appeal to Mainstream Media”, focused on economics and recommended half-truths.

These speakers generally noted only facts promoting drilling, dismissing citizen-produced evidence as “an agenda”.

Completely ignored were the billions of gallons of toxic frack waste that have nowhere safe to go nor the poisonous clouds of volatiles that flir cameras show pouring from evaporation ponds and condensate tanks.

Almost all new gas and oil wells use horizontal hydrofracturing. Every frack requires up to five million gallons of water and about 600,000 lbs of chemicals. Eventually most of this fluid returns as waste; now also containing salt, heavy metals and high radioactivity. This process is repeated every 3 to 5 years; at least ten times--and there can be twenty-eight such wells on a pad.

The Congressional report “Chemicals Used In Hydraulic Fracturing” states that 29 carcinogenic or health-risk chemicals are part of over 650 different fracking products.

Frack-created wealth never offsets the cost of land ruined by these contaminants. Meanwhile, due to regulatory exemptions, frackers are not required to use pollution controls or pay for cleanup.

Once proposed pipelines are completed, however, drilling is expected to increase exponentially.  By then, the accumulating frack pollution will be everyone's problem.

Barbara Daniels