A Project of Texans for Natural Gas


Google recently announced major changes to its search engine to combat “the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.” We believe Google needs to target anti-fracking websites specifically, which have needlessly instilled fear in the general public by making claims unsupported by data or evidence.

The most prominent anti-fracking websites have content that is misleading, false, or offensive – if not all three. Google must purge or demote this kind of information from its algorithm, which in turn will encourage a more honest public discussion about hydraulic fracturing, and oil and natural gas development in general.

With their bogus claims about everything from water contamination to air pollution, anti-fracking groups have refused to accept the findings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and peer-reviewed research from around the world. What they are sharing is not useful information – it is fake news, and deserves to be classified as such.




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