A rap music video about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is quickly becoming a viral hit on YouTube. The song, produced by Studio 20 NYU and ProPublica.org, was recently named to Time Magazine’s list of most creative videos of 2011 and was also highlighted by Msnbc’s Rachel Maddow.
The purpose of the video was to publicize the dangers of drilling for natural gas, also known as fracking. The song highlights that fracking was made exempt from complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act by the Bush Administration and remains unregulated. Hazardous chemicals such as benzine and formaldehyde, among a number of secret chemicals considered “trade secrets”, are pumped into the ground to help release the natural gas from rock. These chemicals remain in the ground and can seep into water supplies.
The chorus features the lyric “I think my water’s on fire tonight”, referring to the HBO Documentary Gasland that showed resident’s near fracking wells had such polluted tap water that the water would set on fire if an open flame were held to the faucet. The EPA has began looking into the environmental impacts of fracking and recently released a report stating that hydraulic fracturing was probably to blame for well water contamination in Wyoming.
Check out the video below:
Read more about fracking from our previous article here.