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Gasland (2010)

Josh Fox , Dick Cheney , Josh Fox  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon, Aubrey K. McClendon
  • Directors: Josh Fox
  • Writers: Josh Fox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJD8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gasland" on IMDb

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Little did director Josh Fox know that he'd find himself trailing the history and future of natural gas mining for this documentary, Gasland, or so he claims in this moving and evocative political exposé. Thankfully unpretentious and lacking in the didacticism that plagues many political documentaries, Gasland is edifying in the most entertaining and palatable way. Fox's open-ended questions presented during his narration are answered by interviewees found as he travels cross-country to source out water pollution happening as a result of hydraulic fracturing. The tension begins when Fox researches a letter he receives in the mail at his rural Pennsylvania farmhouse, inviting him to sell his land for $100,000 and permission to mine natural gas. He comes to discover how the Delaware River watershed's imminently endangered status will threaten New York City's main water source, and towards the end of the film focuses on New York City, as respected politicians like John Gennaro and Congressman Maurice Hinchey speak on behalf of this issue. But before filming congressional hearings, Fox charts his personal dilemma and how it quickly spirals outward, as first his neighbors tell him horror stories about water contamination due to this process. And as he tours Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas, where hydraulic fracturing has already contaminated myriad underground wells, Fox actually films many families' water faucets catching fire as people hold a match to their running tap water. Fox's continuing investigation ties this unchecked chemical process to Dick Cheney's Halliburton activity and bills covertly passed during the Bush administration. Gasland does not have a conspiratorial feel; it takes an honest, even-keeled investigative approach and relies on information relayed to Fox from renowned activists like Dr. Theo Colborn and Environmental Protection Agency staffer Weston Wilson. This documentary sheds light on what has been a practice that many American citizens have assumed mysterious and possibly benign. It is easy to understand why Gasland has garnered so many film festival awards, since it presents vital information that will necessitate action once it reaches enough of the population. This is grassroots documentary filmmaking at its finest. --Trinie Dalton

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In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York, Pennsylvania and huge stretches of the Northeast. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land for a new method of drilling developed by Halliburton and soon discovered this was only a part of a 34-state drilling campaign, the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Part mystery, part travelogue, and part banjo showdown, Gasland documents Josh's cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is actually safe. As he interviews people who live on or around current fracking sites, Josh learns of things gone horribly wrong, from illness to hair loss to flammable water, and his inquiries lead him ever deeper into a web of secrets, lies, conspiracy, and contamination - a web that potentially stretches to threaten the New York Watershed. Unearthing a shocking story about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, Gasland races to find answer about fracking before it's far too late.

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217 of 292 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Have We Done? November 12, 2010
When you watch Josh Fox's brilliant GASLAND, it's as if you're watching a nightmare scenario of what would happen if our lands were taken over by evil aliens, intent on sucking the earth dry, regardless of the consequences to the planet--and to us. This is no sci-fi thriller that could never happen in real life, however. Shockingly, it IS really happening and it's worse than you can imagine.

Very fortunately, for all of us, Josh Fox, brave soul that he is, ventured out into the heart of America and into the small towns of this country to actually speak to regular, law abiding, tax paying citizens who are now paying the ultimate price for "clean" gas drilling with permanent health effects, including brain damage, chronic respiratory conditions and many other serious conditions, too numerous to mention. Their land is worthless, their water undrinkable. The now famous scene where the tap water actually bursts into flame is just the tip of the iceburg. The epidemic of hydrofracking now taking place in America is worse than any disease we've ever encountered. It destroys our water, our air, our animals, our vegetation (including farm crops), our livestock, our health and our lives. This is Three Mile Island, Love Canal and Chernobyl--times fifty.

GASLAND should be shown in every elementary, high school and college classroom. At least that way, when our children grow into adults, they will know why there is no such thing anymore as fresh water in America. And they will know who was responsible.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This guy is an attention whore March 21, 2014
By Beta
This film is so full of lies and half truths that it's scary that people are taking it at face value. Do your own research before jumping on Josh Fox's bandwagon. The biggest lie and theatrical show was lighting tap water on fire. Interviews from residents in Dimock, PA show that the water has had flammable methane in it from as far back as the 70's, long before fracking was around. The EPA did test after test after test of well water and found NO contamination from fracking.
Another lie was from Fox's co-hort Alyssa Rich who lied about having a PhD in Air Pollution Control Design and later under oath said she "misspoke". She had teamed up with a citizen to sue the gas company for millions, even making a video lighting water from his garden hose on fire. After an investigation was launched they found the video was a hoax and they admitted to pumping gas through the hose to make it catch fire.
Another lie... A spike in breast cancer in Texas's shale area. This is news to the several cancer experts including Susan G Coleman for the cure. There was no evidence about a spike.
This fear-mongering is unethical.
Do your own research before letting yourself get caught up in the fear-based reporting of Gasland.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure fiction March 3, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie isn't even worth one star, unless you look at it as a work of pure science fiction. Do yourself a favour and watch the documentary Frack Nation which exposes all the fraudulent claims made in Gasland. Unfortunately, far too many people can't be bothered to look past their one source of information for all their 'facts'. Gasland's creator has become rich, as have most environmental and global warming alarmists like Al Gore and David Suzuki. A very nice little business these people propagate - instilling fear in a large portion of the population, people all too willing to join the cult, desperately wanting to believe that man is the evil perpetrator destroying our world, and profiting handsomely from that.
Wake up people and dig a little deeper to find out the rest of the story. The information isn't hard to find if you look for it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary, yet who is repsonsible? March 29, 2012
Excellent job documenting on the lack of regulation and safety practices with 'wild west' fracking operations all over the shale states. Most seem to be among rural 'small government' Republican voting districts and states. Many Americans, likely some of those affected by fracking, seem to confuse government with industry because the fact is, the two often work hand in glove. Republican candidates for President today want to abolish the EPA. I am sure the frackers would applaud. It is Republican goal today that the new Consumer Protection Agency be demolished, they do this on orders from Wall Street. The film fails to identify the political Party of the Congressional members speaking in the film. It fails to look at the publicly available data on how much companies like Chesapeake Energy give to politicians for their re-election. It fails to ask the people damaged by fracking, how they believe the operations can be cleaned up if not by government regulation and inspection. When the narrator mentions that Pennsylvania cut its own EPA by over 350 jobs, which Party passed the legislation and who was the Governor are not mentioned. Corporations will continue to get by with this sort of abuse of the 'little people' until somebody stops them, and that is why government is there. It should not be 'for sale' and a rubber stamp for industry. If government does nothing to protect water resources and air, it is, to a large extent, the fault of voters, who do not demand action against the big moneyed interests. American voters are too often distracted and manipulated by the perpetual snake oil of hot button, never resolved issues, like gay marriage, 'family values', 'Real Americans', or regulation of women's fertility and choice. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cheap gas is not worth the health risk of the people nor the environment.
Published 13 hours ago by Stephen Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie, thought provoking, but lacking data.
Movie is ok. There is a lot of suspicious activity, but no specific data about what the long term effects are. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars The subject matter is disturbing but the documentary is well ...
The subject matter is disturbing but the documentary is well done. A must see for everyone
whether fracking is in their area or not . . . the pipelines may be.
Published 9 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by J. Peeters
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Argument
I watched this documentary with an open mind, as I did not know very much about fracking and was politically ambivalent about the issue. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Scrooge
4.0 out of 5 stars The DVD was very informative about the effects that fracking ...
The DVD was very informative about the effects that fracking can have on our environment.It is a must DVD to see if a person wants to know what this form of drilling will do to... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
This is a very compelling story revealing injustice, suffering and greed.
Published 26 days ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea how extensive fracking was and it's only going to get...
Terrifying example of corruption and exploitation in our backyards. I had no idea how extensive fracking was and it's only going to get worse. Read more
Published 27 days ago by German Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the reality!
Gasland gives an honest first hand look at the real fracking and its pollution and destruction of peoples lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dancewich
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific journey that started out by a person motivated to protect...
The things he finds on his journey are terrifying. This should be seen by everybody for what greed can do to our democracy before it's too late.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Hickerson
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