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Gasland

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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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (538 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJD8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gasland" on IMDb

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By Michael Schmidt on March 2, 2016
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To really understand what Fracking is all about I watched Gasland and Fracknation after reading the book The Boom by Russel Gold, and I recommend that all three be used together to make up your own mind. Gasland is unfortunately filled with misinformation--such as increased cancer rates in Texas gas field country; which just isn't true, but it does have some good visuals of gas fields at their worst in places like Wyoming. Frackland has much better information, but neither documentary has the scope of the book Boom which explains how Wall Street and the stock prices of energy companies are the real drivers of the boom in Fracking. So you can watch Gasland for some nice visuals but go to Frackland and Boom for solid information.
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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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Very entertaining, educational, and just great all around movie. There is Gasland II which follows up on some the stories in this one. I bought 10 of these and gave them out to friends. Everyone should at least be aware of this information, and its great to get heavy info like this in a highly entertaining delivery. Its important to not keep that balance, and I love how this movie does that. Josh Fox is awesome.
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I watched this documentary with an open mind, as I did not know very much about fracking and was politically ambivalent about the issue. Unfortunately, the argument that it was trying to make was underwhelming.

The premise of the movie is that the practice of hydraulic fracturing is ruining water supplies across the nation. It attempts to show this by visiting several homeowners who show us their filthy drinking water. I'm convinced. That is, I'm convinced that their well water is filthy. But there are two critical questions to be asked: what was the cause of the filthy water and how prevalent is this problem? Although the homeowners swear backwards and forwards that the water was perfect before the gas drilling and filthy immediately after, we can only take their words for it. The possibility of a coincidence was not addressed. There are many environmental problems that can cause contaminated well water, both natural and man-made.

The second question is what is the prevalence? If there were millions of houses near fracked sites and only a handful were problematic, that is not such a dire problem. But if there were a large percentage of homes with such a problem, then it is a dire problem for the nation. I don't know which is correct, but the movie makes no attempt to answer that.

This movie seems like it was made for people who already don't like fracking, but don't really understand why and don't want to. I think a more scientific approach would be more useful, and for me, more interesting.
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I borrowed this from the library and liked it. It is the type of documentary where you get a lot of information and you should do your own research. I live in one of the areas he talks about. There are some things I think he does not portray accurately, but there are a number of issues he raises which should researched.
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A wonderful effort and a leading contender for the Dr Goebbels Golden Globe Award for Propaganda. Seriously, if this is all you ever studied about fracking, you would be doing yourself a disservice. Look out for the documentary Fracknation which asks the awkward questions about Gasland, and probably Dr Anthony Ingraffea lecture 'The Facts on Fracking' which is exactly what it says - facts.
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Must see. 4 stars not 5 because picture quality and production often distracted from the story. But the information presented serves to create and heighten the level of awareness about the negative impacts of the extreme oil and gas extraction process, that seems certain does not exist in the public mind to any significant degree. And that level of awareness in the public mind needs to be much higher, because such awareness is the necessary first step to forcing this country and the world in general to start immediately to transform its economies and social structures to be based on renewable, sustainable forms of subsistence, particularly regarding its sources of energy. In this regard, this film performs a great service.
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