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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.


Martha Coolidge


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Bradley Thompson | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Raymond Langston
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
David Berman ... David Phillips
Paul Guilfoyle ... Captain Jim Brass
Angela Bettis ... Rosalind Johnson
Henry G. Sanders ... Bill Gibson
Megan Ward ... Lisa Adams
Archie Kao ... Archie Johnson
Marc Vann ... Conrad Ecklie
Katee Sackhoff ... Detective Frankie Reed


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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Release Date:

11 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


References Chinatown (1974) See more »

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What, did they let the Luddites that made GasLand write their script for them?
6 March 2011 | by gblaylockSee all my reviews

Here we go again. Another example of Hollywood trying to preach ignorance at us. It is pretty obvious that they were influenced by that bit of Oscar nominated propaganda called GasLand when they wrote this episode. They even repeated a number of the lies perpetrated by that movie. In the episode, they claim that natural gas exploration has not been subject to specific environmental regulations since 2005. This claim is based on a lie in GasLand in which they claimed that Dick Chaney forced legislation through in that year to exempt the natural gas industry from this law. In reality, these industries ARE regulated under all of the regulations cited. The second lie is the claim that the fracking fluid is this mix of toxic chemicals. It is not. If you want to know the truth about what is actually involved in fracking, then you might want to check out the following source. Its assertions are pretty well documented. http://www.energyindepth.org/2010/06/debunking-gasland/

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