The Sierra Club Releases Fracking 101 Animated Video

Features Narration by Actor Edward James Olmos on the Dangers of Fracking

WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–December 8, 2014.  Today the Sierra Club released Fracking 101, an animated video that explains the basics of hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — and the dangers this natural gas collection method poses to our environment and our public health. The animation, created by Sierra Club Productions and featuring narration by the well-known Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Stand and Deliver, Blade Runner), illustrates the dangers of methane gas as a dangerous climate disruptor, the toxic contents of fracking fluid, and the health hazards faced when those fluids contaminate our water and air supply.

“As global reserves of fossil fuels dwindle, the oil and gas industry has turned to fracking, a more dangerous and expensive extraction method that threatens our climate,” Olmos says in the video.

Many Americans are uncertain about what fracking is and the dangers it poses. But national and state-level polls suggest that once Americans understand how fracking fluid affects groundwater (which millions of Americans use for drinking water and crop irrigation), air quality and the unprecedented climate disruption experienced around the country, people are more likely to oppose this dangerous practice. Furthermore, poll after poll shows that Americans across the country support fracking moratoriums until scientists and researchers study and understand the full risks and impacts.

“It is an honor to team up with a powerful voice for progress like Edward James Olmos as we continue to educate Americans about the dangers fracking poses to our health, our homes, and our future,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. “It’s time that we act to keep natural gas and other dirty fuels in the ground and speed the transition to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar.”

Fracking 101, and more information on hydraulic fracturing, can be found at The Sierra Club’s Beyond Natural Gas website. It is also available in Spanish. Use the YouTube link to embed the video.

After viewing the video, please join the Sierra Club, Stop the Frack Attack Network, Americans Against Fracking and other groups for a webinar to learn more about the reality of oil and shale gas reserves, Tuesday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Register here