Gas Drilling Documentary, Hailed as “Indie” and “Balanced,” Is Anything but
Wednesday 28 September 2011
by: Steve Horn, AlterNet [3] | Report

“Haynesville” is making the indie film circuit, but its director is actually an oil and gas man in disguise.

This weekend, the Texas Tribune [4] will play host to the Texas Tribune Festival [5]. According to the festival’s website [5], the convening is designed “to bring together the state’s most prominent thinkers, politicians and public servants for a weekend of debate, discussion and dialogue on the subjects that matter most to all Texans.”

Near the top of the agenda will be a slate of policy discussions pertaining to energy and the environment [6], include the screening of a documentary about natural gas drilling (no, not Gasland [7]). Texas is home to both the Eagle Ford and Barnett Shale basins, as well as a sliver of the Haynesville Shale, under all of which sits vast amounts of natural gas. The Haynesville Shale [8], mostly located in the northwest corner of Louisiana, as well as bit of southwest Arkansas and east Texas, underlies an area of about 9,000 square miles and possesses some 250 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. It is the largest natural gas field in the United States.

The festival’s sponsors [9] include some of the most powerful players in the natural gas arena: Apache Corporation, BP, El Paso Corp, Energy Future Holdings Corp, and America’s Natural Gas Alliance [10] (ANGA) — the largest natural gas industry lobbying consortium in the United States. ANGA spent over $3 million lobbying the U.S. Congress in 2010 and has already spent over $1 million lobbying Congress in 2011, according to OpenSecrets.org [11].

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