The Benefits of Fracking

  • Aired:  03/27/14
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Following Chevron's lead, Aasif Mandvi assuages tremendous and growing fracking concerns with pizza. (5:22)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

WELL, THE UNITED STATES -- THEUNITED STATES HAS RECENTLY BEGUN

TO TAP ITS VASTS RESERVES OFNATURAL GAS THANKS TO THE

DRILLING PROCESS OFHYDROFRACKING OR FRACKING

BECAUSE TWO EXTRA SYLLABLES ISNOT THE AMERICAN WAY.

BUT ARE WE PREPARED TO PAY THECOST?

AASIF MANDVI REPORTS WE ALL KNOWTHE BENEFITS OF FRACKING BUT

RESIDENTS OF FRACKING EFFECTEDBRADFORD COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA SAY

IT ALSO HAS SOME MINORDOWNSIDES.

>> FRACKING HAS RUINED OURQUALITY OF LIFE.

>> OUR WATER CONTAMINATION HEREIS MOVING THROUGH ALL BRADFORD

COUNTY.

>> EVERY DAY THERE'S SOMETHINGNEW THAT HAPPENS.

>> I'VE HAD RASHES.

>> NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS. SLEEPDISRUPTION.

>> COWS HAVE HAD NOSEBLEEDS.

>> MAYBE THE COWS WERE DOINGCOCAINE.

>> I NEVER CAUGHT THEM DOINGCOCAINE.

>> REALLY.

MARITA NOON FROM ENERGY MAKESAMERICA GREAT

DOESN'T SEE APROBLEM WITH FRACKING.

>> FRACKING IS SAFE.

BECAUSE THE AVERAGE PERSONDOESN'T UNDERSTAND FRACKING THE

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE ABLE TOUSE FEAR, UNCERTAINTY AND DOUBT

TO PLANT IDEAS INTO PEOPLE'SMINDS AND THEY DON'T DO THE

RESEARCH FOR THEMSELVES.

YOU NEED A TISSUE.

>> YEAH.

>> BUT THE GAS COMPANIES HAVEDONE THE RESEARCH ALONG WITHPLENTY

OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THERESIDENTS' EXPLAIN COMPLAINTS.

>> IF I POLLUTED MY NEIGHBOR'SWATER WELL DO YOU THINK THAT THE

DEP WILL ALLOW ME TO CONDUCT MYOWN INVESTIGATION AND GET BACK

TO THEM ON IT.

>> IF YOUR WATER IS CONTAMINATEDWHY NOT GO TO THE LOCAL STORE

AND GET YOURSELF EVIAN.

>> I HAVE DONE THAT. THE STORESDON'T HAVE WATER ON THE SHELVES.

>> I SUGGEST YOU LIVE HERE FOR AMONTH AND SEE HOW WE FEEL WHEN

WE LIVE OUT A BOTTLE.

>> ARE YOU HITTING ON ME?

>> NOT AT ALL.

>> SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE HITTINGON ME.

>> NOT WHAT I MEANT.

>> YOU ARE SENDING ME MIXEDMESSAGES YOUNG LADY.

I SEE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

OH, YEAH.

FRACKING.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT NOON SAYS THE LAST

THING OIL AND GAS COMPANIES NEEDARE PESKY REGULTIONS.

>> OIL AND GAS COMPANIES AREACTUALLY QUITE GOOD AT SELF

REGULATING OR SELFPOLICING BECAUSE

WHEN THERE ARE BAD ACTORS ITHURTS EVERYBODY.

>> IS THERE A WAY OIL AND GASCOMPANIES COULD BE BETTER THAN

THEY ARE?

>> I WOULD SAY NO, ACTUALLY.

THESE OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS THATARE THERE CARE ABOUT THE

COMMUNITY.

>> SEE THEY CARE ABOUT THEIRCOMMUNITIES AND THERE'S NO WAY

THEY COULD BE BETTER CORPORATECITIZENS?

DESPITE ONE OR TWO TEENY, TINYSNAFUS.

>> A DRILLING CREW PUNCTURED THEPIPELINE LOCATED SOUTH OF

DALLAS.

>> A DOZEN SMALL EARTHQUAKESOVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WERE AN

INDIRECT RESULT OF FRACKING.

>> AN EXPLOSION AT THE CHEVRONOIL REFINERY IN PASCAGOULA,MISSISSIPPI.

>> IF A WELL EXPLODES, THECOMPANIES SHOULD AT LEAST ALERT

THE LAND OWNER.

>> WHAT IS MORE DIRECT THAN THESMOKE SIGNAL AND THE SMELL OF

SULFER?

>> THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY ISNOT RESPONSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE

AROUND HERE.

>> ACTUALLY THEY COULDN'T BEMORE RESPONSIBLE LIKE WHEN A GAS

WELL EXPLODED IN GREEN COUNTYPENNSYLVANIA CHEVRON CAME TO THE

RESCUE WITH IMMEDIATECOMPENSATION.

>> CHEVRON CAME IN.

THEY ORDERED 100 PIZZAS, 100BOTTLES OF

POP.

>> PIZZA, THEY BOUGHT PIZZA?

>> YES.

>> THERE WAS A FIRE, A PERSONDIED AND CHEVRON COMPENSATED

PEOPLE WITH PIZZAS.

>> THEY GAVE GIFT CERTIFICATESTO THE COMMUNITY.

>> HOW MUCH DOES THAT COME TOALTOGETHER?

>> RIGHT AROUND $1,000.

>> $1,000 A PIZZA.

>> FOR THE HUNDRED BOTTLES OFPOP AND 100 PIZZAS.

>> WAIT $1,000 TOTAL.

>> YES.

>> SO CHEVRON BROUGHT 100 GIFTCERTIFICATES GOOD FOR JUST ONEPIZZA

WITH JUST ONE TOPPING WHICHEXPIRES MAY 1, 2014.

THANK GOODNESS GREEN COUNTY'SFIRST RESPONDERS WERE ABLE TO

HANDLE THE DEMAND.

SO YOU'RE HEROES.

>> I WOULDN'T SAY THAT.

>> KNOW I MEAN YOUR HEROES, HOWARE THEY?

>> ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT SUBS?

YEAH.

>> OUR SANDWICHES ARE GOOD.

>> I COULDN'T WAIT TO DELIVERTHIS DISASTER CONTINGENCY PLAN

TO THE RESIDENTS OF BRADFORDCOUNTY.

>> YOU HAVE POLITICIANS GETTINGCAMPAIGN FUNDS FROM THESEPEOPLE.

>> THEY ARE TAKING THE PROPERTY.THEY ARE MORGAGING THE SUBSURFACE.

>> EVERYBODY CALM DOWN YOUGUYS ARE GETTING REALLY UPSET.

IF YOUR DAUGHTER COULD DIE FROMTHIS, WOULDN'T YOU BE UPSET.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> IF YOUR LARGEST INVESTMENTLOSES PROPERTY VALUEOVERNIGHT.

>> YOU CAN'T COOK OR CLEAN FORYOUR FAMILY.

>> OKAY, OKAY, EVERYBODY.

>> TALK ABOUT BUSINESS YOU LOSEBUSINESS.

>> OKAY, ALL RIGHT.

EVERYONE CALM DOWN.

OKAY SOUNDS LIKE YOU AREHUNGRY.

I KNOW JUST THE TRICK.

PIZZA.

HUH?

WHO LOVES PIZZA.

>> WE WANT OUR WATER BACK.

PERIOD.

WE WANT OUR LIFE BACK.

WE DON'T WANT YOUR PIZZA.

>> ALL RIGHT I'M GOING TO THROWIN A TWO LITER BOTTLE OF SODA.

>> HOW BEEN A DEP INVESTIGATION.

>> OK LOOK, REGULATORY REFORMIS GOING TO TAKE FOREVER.

PIZZA 30 MINUTES OR LESS.

>> YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUTWATER.

WE HAVE WATER POLLUTION WE HAVEAIR --

>> WHAT YOU WERE SAY? KEEPGOING.

>> IT'S NOT TOO BAD.

GOOD RIGHT?

SEE, AMERICA, THE SOLUTION IS ASEASY AS PIE.

♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: AASIF MANDVI.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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