I hope everyone watched Gasland which aired on HBO tonight. If you haven't seen it you need to do so. Before the oil and gas industry turns your backyard (literally) into a poisonous fracking sewer.
Gasland (the movie)
Gasland (Facebook page)
Gasland (Wiki page)
Filmaker Josh Fox with Jon Stewart - Daily Show video segment
(June 21, 2010).
¹ Gasland (trailer):
June 21, 2010,
Muckraking Road Movie on Natural Gas Drilling
By JEREMY EGNER
The filmmaker Josh Fox in an image from “Gasland,” a documentary on problems attributed to natural gas drilling.
As oil continues to flow in the Gulf of Mexico, a new documentary investigates a landlocked drilling controversy.
Q. You obviously have strong feelings about this issue. Do you think you gave a fair presentation of it? Were there any towns you encountered that had a positive experience with drilling leases?
A. I’ve been asking the industry since the movie has been out there, “If you’ve got a town where there’s more than 100 wells, and everything’s going fine, and you don’t have these issues, take me there.” Because I haven’t found it. And I’ve been to hundreds of places. I have not found a place where this is going swimmingly, where you don’t have a significant portion of the people in those towns complaining about problems with the water and the air. So, no, I don’t think it exists.
Q. The film is about hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking” — is there a form of natural gas drilling that you do think is acceptable?
A. That’s not my forte, but from what I understand they don’t have nearly the same kinds of problems when they’re doing lower-pressure drilling or the traditional, conventional natural gas drilling. … My main focus was on fracking, which will supposedly revolutionize the industry. I think we all know from what’s going on in the Gulf what can happen when you have unregulated extractive energy.
June 23, 2010:
Shale gas drilling controversy / Enviro Politics Blog
Because drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale is no longer a high-risk venture pursued by a score of small and moderate-sized, independent gas companies. It’s now become big business—big international business.
“We already know that energy companies, including BP, have been involved in lobbying against tighter shale gas regulation, asking that decisions are taken at state level, rather than being left to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“After all, they have a huge amount to lose if the US suddenly loses its fervour for shale.
“The London-listed companies are exposed to the tune of billions: Shell bought up $4.7bn of assets in Marcellus last month, BG Group has a $2bn joint venture with Exco and BP has a $2.5bn partnership with Chesapeke.
“They have all piled into shale drilling over the last couple of years, touting the technology as the answer to America’s energy thirst.”
To reinforce the point, Mason notes that BP’s Tony Hayward has hailed shale gas as a “complete game changer.”