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GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 January 2011 (UK)
An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

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It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Exposes the Gas Industry
20 February 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Well, I finally got around to watching the film, though it hadn't been one of those films that had really been on my radar all that much, at least until I read about it in Naomi' Klien's book 'This Changes Everything'. I guess the main reason that spurred me on to watching this film was when Klein talks about the scene where people set their faucets on fire and I have to admit that was something that I really wanted to see (and it's pretty disturbing when you actually see them do this).

I remember when fracking became all the rage back in the lead up to the Global Financial Crisis. Basically the price of oil had gone through the roof and all of a suddenly there was this rush to look for alternate means of generating energy. While renewables were on the cards, when the extractive industry developed a new way of getting gas out of the ground, all of the sudden the idea of using the sun and the wind to generate our energy literally went out the window. Obviously this has now had an opposite effect resulting in the price of crude going through the floor since the world is now awash in natural gas.

Industry promotes gas as a new, cleaner fuel that doesn't produce the carbon that petroleum does, however what Fox sets out to do in this film is to demonstrate that while the use of gas may be a lot cleaner than petroleum, the means of getting it out of the ground, and to process it, isn't. In fact what he pushes throughout the film is how one of the nasty byproducts of this process is that the water supplies are poisoned, and people who live near fracking wells are no longer able to drink the ground water.

The thing with shale gas is that there are huge reservoirs located under the United States, which means that by extracting this energy source means that they no longer have to rely upon foreign sources of oil, much of which is located in some of the most unstable regions in the world. However Fox argues that the catch is that the process to extract the gas is far from being clean, and much of the byproduct is not only kept hidden from the world, but there is little to no regulation forcing the companies to dispose of the waste in a clean manner. In fact the residents who do complain about the toxic waste are either thrown up against an army of lawyers, or are paid to remain silent about the whole process.

Certainly a confronting movie, though I probably should get around to watching Fracknation just to see what the opposing view is.


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