Lighting water on fire…GASLAND

A 2010, Oscar-nominated, American documentary film written and directed by Josh Fox, GASLAND focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and one of its methods, known as hydraulic fracturing. In 2008, Josh was offered some money (about $100,000USD) by a natural gas company to lease his family’s land in Pennsylvania so that they can drill for gas on his property.

Before agreeing, he went and researched about it and documented the whole thing. He traveled across the US to see how communities are being affected in the west where a natural gas drilling boom has been underway for the last decade. He spoke with residents who have experienced a variety of chronic health problems as well as contamination of their air, water wells or surface water. In some instances they even showed how tap water can be lit on fire, and how this same water was told to be safe to drink by the gas company.

Like any argument, it’s backed up by sources and compelling evidence. You really can feel the frustrations of the people suffering from the gas problems exposed in the film and the helplessness of the situation.

Gasland reminded me of Erin Brokovich and the story of the fight against the US West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the contamination of drinking water.

I love documentaries because it exposes a truth that is usually unseen to the general public.

Click here to watch Gasland

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