My run-in with Josh Fox, producer of "Gasland"
- Check out the movie "Gasland" http://www.gaslandthemovie.com which
will premier on HBO on June 21.
Dimock, Pa. - the ruining, by Cabot O&G, of the groundwater of which
is a major one of the stories in the movie - is only 20 miles west of
Notice that I make it a point to mention the particular company.
That's because, contrary to Mr. Fox's bias (epitomized by the fact
that - as he _motors_ all over the country throughout the movie! - his
theme is that the "companies" will ruin your groundwater every time),
the risk, at least in the geology of Susquehanna County, of
groundwater being ruined by drilling/fracing appears, so far, to be
reasonably miniscule as long as the company doing the drilling/fracing
is almost anybody except Cabot.
I attended the two nearest-to-me pre-screenings of the movie -
Montrose, Pa. last week and Binghamton, N.Y. earlier this week. At the
Binghamton one I finally piped up to address Mr. Fox's bias. The most
entertaining aspect of what happened next was that although Mr. Fox
presents himself as the least likely person to ever sign a gas lease,
I tricked him into signing what is arguably a gas lease (at least for
Below is an unedited transcript of the admittedly-only-first-draft
document that I hand-scribbled just before the Binghamton screening of
"Gasland" and presented to the audience there near the end of the
I laughed all the way home about how I'd had Josh Fox's signature on
it for a whole 15 minutes or thereabouts, which was how long it took
for it to dawn on him that it smacks a little bit of a gas lease, at
which point he rescinded his signature. People, watch what you sign!
But seriously, with this preliminary of a document and with me having
been the one who cooked it up, you need not worry, because one of the
things that I wanted to make more clear is that it's 100% non-binding
(nor do we want your money yet) until after the necessary bunch of
details get discussed between all of the signers of it. One of the
places for this discussion will be http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarcellusShalePlayersAgainstCabot
- Tom Frost Jr.
Marcellus Shale Players Against Cabot Bid-Against-Cabot Lease-Offer
Project Participation Pledge Sheet
I, the undersigned, hereby pledge to participate, to the tune of
the amount of the box that I've checked below, in making a mineral-
rights lease offer of $10. per 1/64" slice of the leasehold, to a
landowner in Susquehanna County whom Marcellus Shale Players Against
Cabot deems to be otherwise about to sign with Cabot. I understand
that the fine print of the offer that I'm participating in will be
made available for discussion by all signers of this pledge sheet
during the formulation of said fine print, but that the lease won't be
anti-drilling; rather it will only be anti-Cabot-drilling.
Name, address & e-mail Donation amount & width of
slice that it will
horizontal drill bit away from
1/32" 1/16" 1" 1'
$20. $40. $640. $7,680.