CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 11, Episode 8

Fracked (11 Nov. 2010)

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The deaths of a rancher and an engineer are tied together by their connections to a tainted water supply and the small-town newspaper reporter trying to expose it.

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In desert town Cable Springs, skinny dipping teenagers are surprised by the corpse of local petty rancher Walter Burns. He was dumped after drowning elsewhere. the only car traces lead to the corpse in Las Vegas of natural gas company Conservo's engineer Richard Adams, who was hot and hidden in a dumpster. the trail leads back to Burns' neighbor Bill Gibson, who commits suicide in a spectacularly surprising way, desperate because of extreme pollution, most likely the result of Conservo's 'fracking'. All three had contact with the local one woman-newspaper maker. Written by KGF Vissers

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Guest star Katee Sackhoff previously starred on Battlestar Galactica (2004) which used "frack" as a euphemism for "fuck". In addition, Rosalind asks Langston if he's familiar with "fracking", and he comments that it sounds like a sci-fi curse word. The writers and producers of this episode also wrote and produced several episodes of Battlestar Galactica. See more »

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Langston states that the Cuyahoga River is just outside Cleveland. The Cuyahoga River bisects Cleveland. See more »

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We start with a body, then an SUV that leads to another body, which turn out to be related murders, but then you knew that from reading the network capsule description. The real villain behind all of this is the gas company, which is cutting corners, using an unsafe methodology to begin with, and silencing not only their employees but their employees' families with nondisclosure agreements and the threat of loss of benefits, pensions, insurance, and the like if anyone speaks out of turn. The CSIs must investigate two murders that lead them to groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a method of getting natural gas out of underground shale deposits long known to cause massive environmental damage. Unfortunately, as Ray points out, gas companies have been exempt from impact studies and the laws that protect our environment for the last five years. In the end, as in far too many cases, the CSIs can only deal with the crimes that are in their jurisdiction. Kudos to the production staff of CSI for having the guts to put this very serious issue out in front of the public in such a graphic and readily understood way.


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