Picrow proudly recognizes Adam Sakellarides and Lisa Rucker, animators (and more!) who make the mundane interesting and the complex and recondite understandable — their video about Fracking, made in collaboration with NYU’s Studio 20 journalism-for-the-web program and ProPublica’s Explainer project, was just named number two video on Time Magazine’s Top 10 Creative Videos for 2011 — David Holmes, Andrew Bean, and Niel Bekker did the song, and Adam and Lisa made the video — see it here:

Read more about Fracking and the people behind the video here:

Scientific American — The Fracking Song

The Nieman Foundation at Harvard University — What we’re watching: musical fracking, award-winning photojournalism, and documentaries from Cannes

The Los Angeles Times — Fracking rap video named one of best of 2011

New York Daily News — What is fracking? Viral video of the week explains complex issue in two minute rap song

Boing Boing — The Fracking Song: My Water’s On Fire Tonight

Ecocentric: The Science Blog from Time — A Musical Introduction to Fracking

Here are the lyrics to My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song):

Fracking is a form of natural gas drilling
An alternative to oil cause the oil kept spilling
Bringing jobs to small towns so everybody’s willing
People turn on their lights and the drillers make a killing

Water goes into the pipe, the pipe into the ground
The pressure creates fissures 7,000 feet down
The cracks release the gas that powers your town
That well is fracked….. Yeah totally fracked

But there’s more in the water than just H2O
Toxic chemicals help to make the fluid flow
With names like benzene and formaldehyde
You better keep ‘em far away from the water supply

The drillers say the fissures are a mile below
The groundwater pumped into American homes
But don’t tell it to the residents of Sublette Wy-O
That water’s fracked…. We’re talking Benzene…

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight

So it all goes back to 2005
Bush said gas drillers didn’t have to comply
with the Safe Drinking Water Act, before too long
It was “frack, baby, frack” until the break of dawn.

With the EPA out it was up to the states
But they didn’t have the money to investigate
Sick people couldn’t prove fracking was to blame
All the while water wells were going up in flames

Cause it’s hard to contain all the methane released
It can get into the air, it can get into the streams.
It’s a greenhouse gas, worse than CO2
Fracking done wrong could lead to climate change too

Now it’s not that drillers should never be fracking
But the current regulation is severely lacking
Reduce the toxins, contain the gas and wastewater
And the people won’t get sick and the planet won’t get hotter

What the frack is going on with all this fracking going on
I think we need some facts to come to light
I know we want our energy but nothing ever comes for free
I think my water’s on fire tonight.