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What Have We Done?,
This review is from: Gasland (DVD)
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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Initial post: Jan 27, 2011 1:00:52 PM PST
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Posted on Apr 11, 2011 12:37:47 PM PDT
Lola Ann Mcgourty says:
As a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana I am looking forward to seeing this DVD. I am sorry it did not win the Academy Award but became aware of it because of the nomination. In the past 4-5 years I have seen my city and parish turning into a nightmarish landscape in the name of Haynesville Shale and have been terrorized by speeding, endless well construction traffic. The only beneficiaries I see are the companies, the large tract landowners and out-of-state workers. It is the worst emigration since hurricane Katrina--destruction of wetlands, peace of mind and horrible traffic accidents.
It is about to invade a huge retirement community complex and my very church parish. Looking to relocate ASAP--after searching online maps of "Shale" deposits nationwide. What is frightening is that there is nothing local residents can do. As a townhouse owner, I have little to no clout. All we can do is shred offers to buy our mineral rights--but nothing stops this giant bulldozer.
Vietnam Nurse Vet
In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2011 11:27:36 PM PDT
I can't imagine what it's like to witness, first-hand, the destruction you describe. Let me warn you, when you see this movie, it's going to make you want to get out of there as soon as you possibly can. Aside from the devastation of the land and water that you can actually see, there are also the invisible contaminants in the air that fracking produces which are extremely dangerous, including radioactivity which is released from the earth during this violent process. I have a relative with a house where I frequently visit, in the Marcellus Shale and in this area, luckily, we have very powerful lawyers and politicians who are fighting to keep the gas companies out but it's an uphill battle with the "drill, baby, drill" crowd willing to sacrifice our beautiful country for the sake of a dollar. I'm currently looking to buy a house elsewhere and like you, I have looked at geological maps to make sure that wherever I buy my house it is nowhere near a shale deposit. It's all so sad. I wish you good luck and please, try to get out of there soon.
In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 8:23:06 AM PDT
Elaine Casteel says:
A few years ago I was approached by a gas company to lease my mineral rights and was foolish enough to say yes. Fortunately it didn't go thru and then I saw the movie Gasland and was given a real "reality check!" The word "lease" fools people into thinking that what ever was underground will still be there when they are gone, when in fact what you are left with is a toxic mess and worthless land.
By "leasing" the land they are paying a small token to the land owner and reaping huge profits from what they take, and then they leave the land owner with a huge mess. The land owner would be wiser to "sell" the minerals for a huge profit or drill their own well. Also, by leasing the mineral rights, you are not being compensated for the land usage, shouldn't the land owner be paid for that as well?
The average person is not educated about the gas and oil industry so they don't know what questions to ask. Also, all the pretty ads on TV about "Clean Energy" are very misleading, they don't show the actual sites, or talk about what is going down that hole in the ground. That is why its so important to share what we have learned, your voice is a powerful tool to raise awareness.
Posted on Sep 13, 2011 6:16:21 PM PDT
Ibrahim Arce says:
This film needs to be shown in Puerto Rico.Here the government is pushing by all means implementation of a gas tube across the island.People need to know the dangers that such an action will bring to this U.S.territory's environment.Government officials are going ahead with these plans disregarding all opposition.God knows their motives but they have to be stopped from proceeding with this ominous plan fueled not by gas but certainly by greed! IARCE San Juan,P.R.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 12:39:36 PM PDT
Andrew G Smith says:
I'll just leave this here...
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 6:27:07 AM PDT
Andrew...and your point is?? Since you're into fantasy, though, try this one: http://www.santaland.com It's just as relevant as yours.
Posted on Jan 26, 2013 9:52:34 AM PST
Open your liberal mind, watch "Fracknation" and then make up your mind. Proves the lies in Gasland.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 8:42:34 PM PST
Dale E. Mcclain says:
I'm guessing most people here are so committed to their "cause", they're unwilling to accept another opinion even if it's factual. The EPA, Susan Komen, Texas's and Pennsylvania's state environmental agencies have all cleared fracking to move forward. The cancer risk is nonexistent unless you're scared of cabbage, cauliflower or coffee too. The point being, most anything if taken in extremely high doses can cause cancer. So what.