In Order of Appearance in the Film
Former Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)
“We’ve never had one case of (hydraulic fracturing) fluid going down the gas well and coming back up and contaminating someone’s water well.”
An expert on energy, environment, and the green economy, John previously served as secretary of the Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection and commissioner of the state’s Public Utility Commission. He currently serves as Special Counsel at the law firm Eckert Seamans and recently started his own practice, Hanger Consulting LLC.
Joseph Martin, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Engineer, Drexel University
“There’s almost no likelihood or possibility that methane could migrate laterally from a natural gas well.”
Joseph P. Martin, Ph.D., P.E. is a 29-year professor in the College of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. He holds three degrees in civil engineering—B.S. from Tufts University, M.S. from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State — and is considered a leading expert in his field. In 2012, Martin was selected as the “Engineer of the Year” by the Delaware County chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.
Terry Engelder, Ph.D.
Professor of Geosciences, Penn State University
University Park, Pa.
“I have seen Gasland, and the flaw is that there’s a tremendous amount of innuendo in the movie.”
Terry Engelder – known as the “father of the Marcellus” – is a professor of geosciences at Penn State and has previously served on posts at the U.S. Geological Survey and Columbia University, among other institutions. A leading authority (perhaps the leading authority) on the Marcellus, Engelder has authored and contributed to over 150 scientific papers on a number of geology-related topics, including shale. In 2011, Engelder was named one of the Top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.
Brian Stawicki, Fred Haas
U.S. Steel employees
“Back in 2009, we both got laid off … But we got our jobs back because of the natural gas boom. It created our jobs back plus a lot more.”
Laid off in early 2009, the emergence of shale development in Ohio and continued growth of the industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia meant greater demand for steel pipe and tubular products – and new opportunities for folks like Brian and Fred to secure high-wage jobs.
Director, Red River Watershed Management Institute
Caddo Parish, La.
“It’s literally impossible to (hydraulically fracture) into a groundwater zone.”
Gary is the director of the Red River Watershed Management Institute, a multidisciplinary education center featuring a 585-acre wetland, state-of-the-art water monitoring technology, and environmental assessment and monitoring laboratory. A respected hydrologist, Gary is frequently asked to contribute his time and expertise on issues relating to water conservation and management in the Haynesville Shale.
Senior Pastor, Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center
Fort Worth, Texas
“We have not experienced any of those problems … [The industry] did what they said they would do.”
The Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center was founded in 1965 by Pastor Bowman’s father, Reverend E. L. Bowman. Over the past decade, Pastor Bowman has increased the membership of Greater Mount Tabor 100-fold, erected three new facilities for parishioners, organized over 60 different ministries, founded Fort Worth Human Services, Inc. and also started a Christian school associated with the church.
Dr. Michael Webber
Associate Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP), University of Texas
“This is a unique opportunity, a transformational opportunity for the U.S., and therefore, the world.”
The author of over 150 scientific articles, books, and columns, Michael is an expert on issues relating to energy, engineering, and national security. In addition, Michael serves on the board of advisors for Scientific American, holds four patents, and is one of the originators of the Pecan Street Project, a $30 million public-private partnership geared toward the promotion of smart grid technology and deployment.
Rancher, former director of National Western Stock Show
Weld County, Colo.
“[Methane in water] has been going on before there was any drilling, before even people knew what the word ‘fracking’ meant.”
In Gasland, Josh Fox attempts to blame methane in a Weld Co. water well on natural gas development – a claim that was subsequently responded to and debunked by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission in a special fact sheet released by the agency in 2010. For his part, Mr. Sylvester, a lifelong resident of Weld County, was voted into the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame in 2011.
Guilford Center, N.Y.
“Well, when we first bought this place and moved in, the lady told me ‘don’t smoke in the shower,’ and I wondered what she was talking about.”
Robert Sandell, a resident of Chenango County, N.Y., has been able to light his faucet on fire for years – despite residing in an area where no Marcellus activity takes place. According to the N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, methane in groundwater along the state’s southern tier has been a natural feature of the environment for hundreds of years.
Resident, Environmental Technician
“I moved in in ’95, and immediately we noticed some gas in the water, which turned out to be methane, and we always had a high amount of iron in the water as well.”
A 17-year resident of Dimock, Loren is a Penn State-trained environmental technician with decades of experience conducting site assessments at Superfund sites, military bases, bulk petroleum storage facilities, gas stations, and industrial plants. As he wrote in a recent blog post on the national controversy that has come to envelope his town: “I know contamination, and there’s none in Dimock.” Loren previously served as a public health sanitarian specializing in residential well water testing.
Susquehanna County, Pa.
“Gas companies came in, made a lot of extra jobs for people that were unemployed, and saved a lot of farms around the community — mine included.”
Walter farms his land in Susquehanna Co., Pa., but like many farmers in rural Pennsylvania, he and his family fell upon hard times a couple years back owing to lower commodity prices and rising debt to the banks. Thanks to responsible Marcellus development in his area, Walter was able to pay off that debt and save a little extra for his family – all without having to sacrifice the quality of the land from which his livelihood was derived.
Former Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
New Cumberland, Pa.
“Multiple layers of protection: cement, steel, cement, steel, cement. Production tubing on the inside. … You can see nothing’s going to get in or out of this pipe.”
Recently retired from DEP after more than 25 years of service, Scott spent his whole career protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents. Among his career highlights: Working with Democrats and Republicans from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation earlier this decade to secure more than $1 billion in additional federal funding to remediate the state’s highest-priority abandoned coal mines.