Stephen Colbert on fracking: “America enjoying a new golden age of flammability”

by Cassady Craighill

August 22, 2013

Crossposted from EcoWatch

OnThe Colbert ReportThursday night, Stephen Colbert put the spotlight on Range Resources forimposing a gag orderon a Pennsylvania family whose water was contaminated by the companys nearbyfrackingoperations. As part of a $750,000 settlement to assist with the familys relocation expenses, the gag order prohibits the family from ever speaking about how fracking has affected them during their lifetimes, which includes the familys underage children. Prohibiting a childs freedom of speech before they are of voting age is more than enough to raise Colberts furrowed brow.

For years, the fracking industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have repeated the talking point that there has never been a proven case of groundwater contamination from fracking. Watch Colbert confront this issue like no one can and read more about the issue on our fracking page.

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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