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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 (468 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJD8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gasland" on IMDb

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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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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

Customer Reviews

This is an amazing documentary covering real life and real people.
Veena
Fracking- the way natural gas it extracted-is achieved by pumping huge amounts of toxic chemicals mixed with huge amounts of water-into drill holes.
C. J. Cox
This movie is a must see for everyone because it can affect you no matter where you live.
Deb

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221 of 302 people found the following review helpful By jeaniebeanie on November 12, 2010
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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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2013
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After viewing Gasland I was angry at how corrupt our government has become. There is a water shortage for farmers in drought areas and to see MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of gallons of water being trucked in and used for hydrofracking when instead they could be HELPING farmers is astounding. I know there are some who say natural gas is worth drilling. But with 50% of all drilled wells failing how safe is it when the aquifers systems are compromised. There is NO WHERE ELSE TO GET WATER BUT HERE. It is the life blood of our planet and it is being POISONED. How (if you are Christian) do you explain to GOD in your hour of JUDGEMENT what you did to PROTECT what GOD himself has created? When he asks, "What did you do to protect MY INVESTMENT?" How can you look him in the face with a clean conscious and say you did when you sat on the sidelines and watched as greed tore apart HIS planet. This is our HOME and the only one of it's kind in the GALAXY. Think about that for a second and then ask yourself CAN AND SHOULDN'T WE BE DOING BETTER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meagan on May 13, 2014
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This film is a great eye opener for anyone in disbelief over climate change, over urbanization and overpoulation. What is going to happen in the next two decades when 80% of the world will be urbanized, when our population will be about 9 billion plus, or when we have no safe land to go? This land is going to be crucial in the next few years, people could live on it and easily and cost effectively harness sun or wind instead. Despite the impact that fracking has on water, ground, land, people, what happens when we take that natural gas out of the earths crust? It was there perhaps for a reason, this isn't just going to cause temporary problems for humanity. That needs to be addressed, the corporations in natural gas are just exploiting the earth and not returning anything for what they take.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd W Bazzett on March 17, 2014
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This movie is both entertaining and poignant. The imagery is beautiful and haunting. After two years of personal research, travels and meetings with folks from multiple states, I am convinced this is the most important environmental topic of the decade. Gasland grabs your attention with testimonies from real people and explains the technical details in a way that everyone can understand.. In Gasland II, Josh Fox takes it a step further by exposing the national and political impacts. This movie is bulletproof and any critics of this movie who cite Frack Nation subscribe to bad logic. Their logic is similar to the following: "I got lung cancer and don't smoke, therefore smoking doesn't cause lung cancer". Claims that scenes in this movie are fake are unfounded. Methane does migrate and yes, fracking waste disposal does cause earthquakes. These are only a few of the impacts of fracking. Watch Gasland for your self and your children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wund on May 31, 2014
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I haven't reviewed this, yet? What a surprise! This is an excellent introduction to the dangers of 'fracking' and the lengths to which 'Big Energy' will go to make money at the expense of public health. I am in awe at the bravery and determination necessary for Mr. Fox to produce this film. The (now) classic shot of watching someone lighting their well-water on fire is worth thousands of pages of written copy. Thank you, Mr. Fox.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shaw on May 18, 2014
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This film was a tipping point for me. It shed light on one of the most devastating industrial practices of our lifetime. Fracking is a dangerous and toxic technique of drilling for fossil fuels. Josh Fox investigates after being offered a contract to drill on his pristine land in Pennsylvania. The film is well done and very engaging, even if you really don't care much for environmental issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Harwood on June 8, 2014
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Josh Fox was offered $15,000 per acre to lease his land for fracking but since the land had been in his family for generations he set off to see what that meant, with a camera and tape recorder. What he found was that fracking is the most destructive process in the destructive history of petroleum extraction, a process which must stop if human life is to continue.
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