Nebraska Farmer Humiliates Big Oil Committee, Asks Them to Drink Water Polluted by Fracking (Video)

nebraska-farmerWhile I’m too young to remember the peak of big tobacco’s true absurdity (“doctor recommended” cigarettes, “scientific” evidence “proving” smoking isn’t unhealthy), I can’t help but feel we’re seeing almost the exact same level of ridiculousness from big oil today. Whether it’s these big energy companies funding “scientific research” to try to cast doubt that climate change is real, or the gall of many of these same companies to claim that fracking isn’t bad for the environment; it just seems like no matter how much factual evidence is presented to counter their nonsense, they’ll continue to deny any of it is true – even if the proof is overwhelming.

Take for instance the seemingly countless examples where fracking has polluted and contaminated local water supplies. People who’ve never had any issues with their water have suddenly found themselves with tap water that’s flat-out undrinkable or even flammable.

Well, a Nebraska farmer, James Osborne, took it to big oil and gas during a conservation hearing when he presented committee members with water that’s similar to that which has been contaminated by fracking. 

“So you told me this morning that you would drink this water,” Osborne said.

“So would you drink it? Yes or no?” he asked.

“Oh, you can’t answer any questions? Well my answer would be ‘no.’ I don’t want this in the water that will travel entirely across this state in three days,” Osborne stated. “There is no doubt there will be contamination. There will be spills.”

What he’s referring to is a push by big oil and gas companies to transport out-of-state fracking wastewater into Nebraska for disposal. Opponents of such a move argue that doing so will eventually lead to hazardous spills and potential contamination of local water supplies.

To be honest, I have no idea how fracking is still legal. Well, I know why (money from big oil and gas definitely has power), but I’m not sure how there’s not a much bigger uproar among ordinary citizens. The adverse affects of fracking on local areas is indisputable. Many areas that once had clean drinking water now find themselves plagued with contaminated water and an unprecedented amount of earthquakes.

I have a cousin who works for a company that does fracking who’ll tell you that the corporate level denies it, but almost everyone working for his company knows it’s bad for the environment and it’s causing earthquakes.

Take Oklahoma for example. Between 1975 and 2008, the state of Oklahoma averaged between one and three 3.0 magnitude or greater earthquakes per year. In 2014 alone they had 564.

I know the “fracking boom” has created a lot of jobs, but at what cost? Republicans often say moving away from big oil or coal would destroy a lot of jobs, but what good are these jobs if our planet become uninhabitable for humans? If you want to talk about the ultimate “job killer,” try having a planet where humans can barely (or no longer) survive on it.

But what needs to happen in all of these towns is for locals like Mr. Osborne to stand up to these big oil and gas companies by presenting to their face the facts that they spend billions denying are real. That’s really the only way that we can put a stop to these companies destroying our planet at a record pace.

Watch the confrontation below via Bold Nebraska:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • J5

    Vancouver announced it is starting to build a 100% renewable energy economy. That is so close to the US it’s not funny.

  • Opa Karl

    Great example of the power of large energy companies, and how they are run by immoral and unethical people!

  • kyle stone

    Interesting combination when commoners can use technology to expose abuses yet nothing is accomplished in response.
    Would like to see a website where companies live stream the manufacturing and disribution of their products in real time. It would be a bit more difficult to hide abuses under the umbrella of eyes.

    • Jim Bean

      If we as a society had rejected every activity that had a negative side effect we’d still be living in caves, eating roots and berries, and pooping in pits. We wouldn’t even have fire.

      That’s something you still have the freedom to do if you want to take the high road and not be a party to the ‘abuses.’

      • kyle stone

        Great example of layers of fallacies.

      • Jim Bean

        And yours is a great example of how to reject the ridiculously obvious. A habit that is exclusively peculiar to the Left.

      • kyle stone

        People who rely on terms like “liberal” and “the left” are typically the most vapid of imagination and accountability but overflowing with a lack of information.
        Thank you for providing the proof one more time.

      • Jim Bean

        Bear in mind the casual observer’s exposure to inner workings of Liberals/The Left comes from reading the comments they post on these threads. I’m sure they would tell you they represent the heart and soul (in all its nastiness) of ‘Progressivism.”

        If you feel they are misrepresenting you, you should make them aware of that.

      • kyle stone

        Once again you cannot spill anything without working in liberal/left because you have become what you condemn.

  • Torsten Adair

    Just wait until the general public learns how their grocery meat is processed…
    Considering how West Virginia, controlled by coal companies, is being flattened into a wasteland, and yet few even realize the massive destruction… I don’t see much changing.

  • bestfriend

    It was Big Oil that pushed for the development of personal computing in order to reap the profits off of plastic manufacturing.

  • FD Brian

    someday the good people on the right will realize that undrinkable water is UNDRINKABLE.