The film begins in rural Pennsylvania... Josh Fox, writer and director of this documentary received a letter from a gas drilling company interested in leasing his land for $100,000.00 to extract natural gas... ~ Full Length Documentary
The $100,000.00 lease offer prompted him to do some research about natural gas drilling in other parts of the state.
In Dimock, Pennsylvania he meets a family whose water coming out of their kitchen sink tap will set on fire due to water well contamination from the fracking process.
In the same city he also meets a family with serious health issues from drinking water from a contaminated water well.
Josh decides to travel across the country, through Colorado, Texas, New York, Wyoming, and more states to interview other families who have been negatively impacted by the fracking process, some of which have been affected for close to ten years.
These visits are interspersed with interviews and footage from congressional hearings, members of the EPA, and members of local governments and an interesting lesson on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which exempts hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The film does an amazing job of explaining fracking and breaking down the process.
Some of the key reasons why fracking for natural gas is bad, as explained in the film.
The above information about fracking is from the Gasland website.
1. The fracking chemicals: a secret blend of chemicals, many of which are toxic to humans, plants, and animals. Many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Anywhere from 50,000 to 350,000 gallons of fracking fluid is used per one well.
2. Ground water contamination: Anywhere from 20-40% of the chemicals used in the fracking process remain in the ground and can contaminate drinking sources both in the short-term and the long-term.
3. Chemical disposal: Because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 mentioned above which makes fracking exempt from the rules of the Safe Drinking Water Act, some companies are injecting fracking waste directly into drinking water sources!
If the point of Gasland is to get you fired up, then Josh Fox has succeeded. The damage we’re doing to our own country as evidenced by the film is astounding.
It’s an amazing film, one that perhaps may feel too long or repetitive towards the end, but the message behind this documentary is priceless.
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March 15, 2012 - posted at KnowTheLies
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