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This documentary details the insidious Natural Gas Corporation's
treatment of the Planet and everyday people in America.
Gasland is a very shocking and important film. I suppose that is why it already has its detractors trying to smear the documentary. Debunking sites, debunking threads and 1 star reviews on IMDb have begun before a wider audience can get a chance to see this film.
The plain and simple truth is that Natural Gas Corporations are helping to destroy the Planet. Those in control of these Global Corporations are so morally corrupted by greed that some Governmental regulation is needed to control these rabid pillagers of the Planet.
Unfortunately our Governments have simply fallen into bed with the Global Corporations.
How it is possible to change the current mindset of greed, privatisation and consumerism into one more caring towards humans, wild animals and the Planet is a challenge but it must happen soon.
See this Documentary!
Allow me to alleviate your initial trepidation. "GasLand" is not
another documentary about the oil industry. You're on the right track,
but first-time feature director Josh Fox has his sights set not on the
gas you pump into your car, but the so called "natural gas" extracted
from beneath your feet through the process of hydraulic fracturing
known colloquially as "fracking."
Issue films, like "Food, Inc." or "An Inconvenient Truth" are notoriously dry, and Fox takes a welcome page from the Michael Moore book of documentary film-making, without the hard leftist political grandstanding. Rather, he adopts the format of painting himself a protagonist of sorts, though more justifiably than Moore. "GasLand" begins with an intimate history of the Fox family and their home, which lies just off of an artery to the Delaware River.
Positioned above the Marcellus Shale, a subterranean formation that stretches from New York through Pennsylvania to Virginia, and as far west as Ohio, the Fox home receives a lease offer for their land, a constituent slice of what energy companies have dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas," and so Fox embarks for some first hand reconnaissance on the communities already tapped by hydraulic fracturing, and his findings are nothing short of alarming.
The chemicals used in the fracking process seep into the soil and water supply, leaving many families with bizarre aberrations like flammable tap water. Uh oh. And as Fox makes his way across the country, into dozens of areas crippled by decade-past drilling efforts, he collects bottles of yellow-brown water like postcards in some macabre travel diary.
If there is a problem with "GasLand," it's that as a story, it becomes a little redundant as we watch family after family set fire to their sinks, but perhaps all the more resonant for it. From a film-making standpoint, the effect is marginalized, but in making something so shocking feel almost normal, Fox underscores the breadth of the issue. This is happening everywhere, and with such clear evidence of the immediate health hazards, the question is, why?
Fox's intimate approach and genuine stake in the issue is "GasLand's" greatest asset. He never has to rely on talking heads or PowerPoint presentations, and even at nearly two hours, the film is positively gripping. His story comes full circle as he returns home, faced with the "speculative" fracking of the Delaware watershed, which provides water to rural towns, suburbs, and cities. The implication is truly disquieting, and Fox can only ask that the public make themselves aware of the issue and take a stand before it's too late.
His film is an excellent place to start, and manages to entertain while outlining the severity of the problem, and to do so without an over-reliance on the pitfalls of so many of its contemporaries. "GasLand" is just about everything you could hope for from a documentary of its type, and its Sundance special jury prize is testament to its impact.
The film has yet to see general release, but a distribution deal is reportedly immanent. Interested parties can join the mailing list and watch a potent 15 clip at www.gaslandthemovie.com.
Ignore that initial trepidation. "GasLand" isn't another documentary about the oil industry, but it's just as important, if not more so.
This film is a much needed warning about the unsafe conditions around
hydraulic fracturing. Anyone who doesn't see that clearly is obviously
making money on hydraulic fracturing! Can we learn nothing from the
current poisoning of the ocean due to unsafe practices in oil drilling?
These companies only concern is profit- at all cost. As this film
demonstrates and the current events show- poisoning the world around
them is an acceptable risk for maximum profit. If not, why would they
continue to campaign for the hydraulic fracturing (or Fracking) of the
Marcellus Shale? (and the rest of the United States...)
Fracking is especially dangerous for New York City because the city gets its water from the Adirondacks. Currently, fracking is not allowed in the NYC watershed part of the Marcellus Shale which stretches from upstate NY to Tennessee. In addition to the problems with toxic chemicals injected into the ground with fracking, the Marcellus Shale is radioactive so that waste from fracking contains low levels of radioactivity.
I would love to see those reviewers trying to debunk this film drink the water coming from the faucets of so many homes shown in the film. Water that is flammable straight from the sink! Authorities defending fracking as harmless refuse to drink the water offered them in the film and so would those narrow minded negative reviewers. (Or should I say profiteering propagandists... what's your day rate for writing these reviews?)
Wind and sunlight is free and can be harnessed to produce the energy we need to keep the world moving without poisoning our water and air. Let's suck it up and make a change! It will take money and time and mean less profit for some but there is a bigger picture to consider.
Call Albany and ask them to not poison New York's drinking water by supporting the Englebright/Adabo bill. The number is 518-455-2800.
Give the operator your zip code and she'll transfer you to your senator's office
Tell them you'd like him or her to advocate for the Englebright/Adabo bill. The deadline is June 25th or close to it!
Politicians constantly use the word terrorism as a license to do whatever they want. I believe those politicians who support this behavior are actually accomplices to some of the most outrageous terrorist activity against the American people! If the Taliban were poisoning our water would we not do something about it? But when a corporation poisons the water government heads look the other way? for the almighty dollar? WAKE UP! STAND UP! DO SOMETHING!
This movie was very informative. I live above the Marcellus Shale in
NYS and drilling hasn't started yet but there's a lot of support for
it, primarily because our rural areas are financially strapped and lots
of cash is being promised by the drilling companies. I think this movie
should be required viewing before anyone signs a gas lease. If our
groundwater and the environment becomes contaminated, it has the
potential to not only harm those living in the region but the entire
watershed, which involves millions of people in NYC, Philadelphia, NJ
and DC. New York and Pennsylvania better get it right or there will be
massive amounts of people facing potentially life threatening
I liked the way Mr. Fox laid out the film. He used interviews, visits to drilling sites and he didn't grandstand to get the viewer's attention. I get the impression that this is his first film and he's to be commended for such a comprehensive and informative documentary. He's performed a great service to the region; I just hope it's viewed by many. Those who see it need to become proactive and write their elected representatives to assure that safeguards are required and that they are enforced - or the drilling should not be done.
Thank you Mr. Fox.
I learned a lot watching this movie. I guess I thought gas just came
out of the ground without much effort -- kind of like farts! But no.
Lots of chemicals involved, lots of semi trucks and a true raping of
the land with horrific byproducts for the nearby residents to breathe,
drink and live (and die) with. Makes me want to get off natural gas
altogether. Or at least drastically limit my use.
This was a informative, well done documentary. Not nearly as much overt sarcasm as Michael Moore, lots of information (on the screen, in print people!) and a bit of irony and humor to sweeten the swallowing of such disturbing information. This was an important piece of film. Everyone in America who uses natural gas to heat their home, hot water heater, range or grill should see this.
This is perhaps one of the most shocking and disturbing films I've seen
and the fact that it's all real is even more terrifying. The film
follows Josh Fox who has been offered a vast amount of money by those
who wish to drill on his land for natural gas. Concerned about the
after effect he goes in search of some details.
What he finds is so utterly disturbing and sad and that being huge amounts of people whose health and welfare have been effected by natural gas drilling in their back yard. The industry is enormous and the amount of gas sites are in the hundreds of thousands some are even on 'public land'. People across much of the central USA have them in their back yards, tanks, drills, containers and various other pieces of industry, small to some comparison but still a blot on the landscape. But aesthetics are far from the worse of concerns.
The drilling for gas creates water contamination with a huge cocktail of chemicals seeping into drinking wells, streams and lakes. What was for years safe, whole areas are so full of chemical concoctions that in some instances if you hold a lit flame to a water source it erupts into flames. People have become sick due to the high quantities of dangerous and hazardous chemicals, pets and farm animals lose their hair and yet the companies involved do tests and say the water is safe to drink.
Watching these people is distressing, living on the land, with generations of history they are now powerless to do anything as the companies refuse to acknowledge the issue. They would also unlikely to sell up as no-one would buy a property with a great big well in the back yard, let alone if they knew the issues that come with it. That the US government, thanks to Dick Cheney, signed a law that made the companies exempt from the Clean Water Bill among others is shocking, had it been otherwise, this may not be happening.
There is some powerful stuff in this: the list of trucks it takes to actually make a natural gas well or the list of long complex chemical compounds used and found. There is the third generations farmer who is at a loss of what to do seeing the land around him change in the worse way possible. It is relentless, with person after person speaking about the effects, illness's, chemical clouds, explosions in the middles of the night and more that they now suffer. Independent tests show that water samples are so full of chemicals or that air samples are so dangerously over the recommended levels it's hard to imagine the ongoing consequences.
The film does at last show a glimmer of hope that being a small selection of activists and politicians making a stand and trying to stop what has happened in many parts of the US happening in those untouched. Near the end we see a congressional hearing in which some of the big companies spokespeople are brought down in a few simple questions, their denial that there is a risk, blatant lies which are not received well.
There is mention that despite the US setting there is relevance to Australia, indeed world wide. You can only hope that more people will see this film. My only gripe is the camera work, which at times is so bad, it's like a 5yr old was operating the camera. Otherwise this is powerful, shocking and moving stuff.
More of my review at my site iheartfilms.weebly.com
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The problem with a "docmentary" like this is that the left which unfortunately mostly makes up the environmental movement these days will watch this and assume that it's entirely factual. They want to believe that natural gas companies and corporations in general just want to make money and exploit people and the land. Although this can certainly happen Fracking is a way that companies have figured a way to safely bring natural gas form the earth and help meet our country's growing energy needs. There's no evidence that fracking pollutes the water supply and the head of the EPA- no Conservative- has said this also. The dramatic scene in this movie where the water faucet lights on fire has been proved to be fraudulent. Natural occurring methane gas made this happen, not fracking. Impressionable uninformed people will also watch this movie and assume it's all true. More people watch HBO than AXS TV, where a brand new documentary has just come out debunking this fraud of a movie and making some very positive points in favor of fracking. It's called FrackNation, please watch it get another point of view. Then, make up your own mind. Don't let left wing fascists like Josh Fox make your mind up for you.
Gasland effectively conveys how serious the threat to the environment is from fracking without confusing the viewer with complex statistics. The facts and figures it does contain are presented in ways that allow the viewer to fully digest what the implications are while also capturing the audience's attention as the facts associated with environmental risks of fracking would astonish any viewer. The visual aid that a documentary brings is also helpful in encouraging the audience to have a specific point of view. It allows the viewer to witness firsthand the environmental effects that fracking is having, such as water contamination, land destruction, alteration of the geological formations and aesthetically displeasing drilling pads. Visual evidence is extremely powerful at convincing the viewer of what is fact, Josh Fox uses this to his advantage by providing recordings, from numerous households, of tap water being lit on fire after a fracking drilling pad caused a contamination in the water source. The style that the documentary is made in (a road trip diary) lets the viewer become immersed in the story, as though they are travelling with Fox on this adventure through South America. It allows them to experience the interest, shock and devastation that Fox goes through in this documentary, connecting the audience to the issue of fracking on an emotional level. The interview aspect of the documentary portrays the personal experience of those affected by fracking and of those associated with the process, which builds confidence in the viewer that the information they are gaining is genuine.
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
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.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Anyone who watches this should also view "FrackNation", a documentary
about fracking and GasLand.
Among other things, "FrackNation" has the GasLand creator admitting that water supplies could be lighted on fire long before any fracking occurred. It shows EPA officials telling the "flaming faucet" people that EPA tests show that their water is clean. It shows the "flaming faucet" people unable to provide any evidence whatsoever that their claims are true.
"FrackNation" exposes Gasland for what it is: an agenda driven piece of propaganda
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