RuPaul has come under criticism after revealing to NPR that he is “leasing mineral rights” of the 60,000-acre ranch he owns which is managed by his husband George LeBar.
This has led to speculation that RuPaul engages in fracking or ‘hydraulic fracturing’, a controversial process which leaches fossil fuels from rocks.
Many international environmental organisations have condemned the use of fracking due to its impact on drinking water resources, the environmental impact of using fossil fuels and concerns that fracking causing earthquakes.
The process of fracking is not legal in Ireland. Geological Survey Ireland said:
“Although fracking may support short term transition to renewable energy, it does not address the longer term issue of global warming. It is vital that we continue to search for renewable resources to meet our energy needs.”
Fractracker reports that RuPaul’s massive ranch that spans two states appears to be dotted with “oil and gas wells”.
When asked what they do at the ranch, RuPaul said it is “a modern ranch, a 21st-century ranch is really land management,” Ru said, “you lease the mineral rights to oil companies and you sell water to oil companies, you lease the grazing rights to different ranchers.
“It’s land management.”
HOLD UP. (Non-COVID content) @RuPaul was just on @NPRFreshAir and shared that he & his partner own 60,000 acres in Wyoming & they "lease mineral rights … and sell water to oil companies" and Terry Gross did not follow up with one question about the fact that RuPaul is FRACKING pic.twitter.com/KJanHgi0xI
— Rory Solomon (@rorys) March 15, 2020
The revelation that RuPaul engages in the practice of fracking has been met with outrage by many with Jack Remmington tweeting:
“RuPaul serving up 55,000 more seasons of Drag Race knowing we’ll all watch and he can go back to his fracking farm and sleep a top a bed made of crude oil and transphobia.”
Many thought the news was a joke with one Twitter user saying:
“Hold the phone. Apparently “RuPaul fracking” isn’t just an obscure Twitter joke gone viral??? RuPaul is actually out here fracking omg.”
“RuPaul is fracking” I’m so sorry but there is no more room in the inn baby Jesus keep it moving
— JP (@jpbrammer) March 16, 2020
Another pointed out the hypocritical nature of RuPaul’s actions:
“Rupaul fracking while throwing a climate change themed ball episode of drag race is the neoliberal hellscape ive become accustomed to”
Rupaul fracking while throwing a climate change themed ball episode of drag race is the neoliberal hellscape ive become accustomed to
— Lil Grace (@lil_raynex) March 16, 2020
RuPaul has not responded to calls for comment on the issue.
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