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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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Josh Fox

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Josh Fox ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Pete Seeger ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Aubrey K. McClendon Aubrey K. McClendon ... Himself
Pat Fernelli Pat Fernelli ... Herself - Resident
Ron Carter Ron Carter ... Himself - Resident
Jean Carter Jean Carter ... Herself - Resident
Norma Fiorentino Norma Fiorentino ... Herself - Resident
Debbie May Debbie May ... Herself - Resident
Mike Markham Mike Markham ... Himself
Marsha Mendenhall Marsha Mendenhall ... Herself
Dave Neslin Dave Neslin ... Himself
Jesse Ellsworth Jesse Ellsworth ... Himself
Amee Ellsworth Amee Ellsworth ... Herself
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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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Language:

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17 January 2011 (UK) See more »

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Gasland See more »

Filming Locations:

Milanville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,641, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,846

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,428
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Startling, shocking and terrifying.
21 November 2010 | by ihrtfilmsSee all my reviews

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.

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