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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.
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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This documentary was very well done, but frightened me. It's a lot to think about.Published 2 months ago by Donna M. Pasternak
Not objective enough to be compelling. Unfortunately. Esp considering I am wont to believe that the oil and gas corporations are actually unscrupulously screwing over everyone.Published 2 months ago by H. Smith
Gasland is a PR-savvy and cleverly packaged but scientifically dodgy attack on shale gas extraction or fracking. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Harvy Lind
Over all quality of the movie is very low, and the accuracy of it is terrible Josh Fox dose not know what he is doing and is spitting out nothing more than fear mongering, dont... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer