Environmental Defense Fund Offers Insight on the Impacts of Natural Gas Operations

December 27, 2012

As part of the release of the widely-publicized new Hollywood film, Promised Land, when it opens in select theaters tomorrow and across the nation on January 4, 2013, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) expects questions to reemerge around the “fracking” debate. EDF is actively engaged across the country to further the safety and environmental protection of natural resources wherever natural gas operations are occurring, and as such, is available to comment on concerns the movie may raise about the impacts of natural-gas drilling on air, water, landscapes and communities.

EDF’s goal is to make sure that the carbon benefits ascribed to natural gas are real and sustained and that the rush to develop the nation’s abundant natural gas reserves does not trample environmental quality or the health of communities where gas development occurs. No one should be forced to trade their children’s health or quality of life for cheap energy. This is precisely why EDF works on natural gas. For more information about what areas of concern EDF is focused on addressing along the natural gas supply chain, an interactive graphic is now available on EDF’s website.

Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012

Mark Brownstein, Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund’s Energy Program

Lauren Whittenberg, EDF Natural Gas Media Director, 512-691-3437, lwhittenberg@edf.org

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