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Gasland, the Movie

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GASLAND – (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize – Best US Documentary Feature – Sundance 2010. Screening at Cannes 2010.

It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well – rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.

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  1. One of these gas wells is located right behind my house. There is a fleet of 18 wheelers that go from the wells to somewhere unknown to me. I used to think they were carrying the gas in the big tanks they were carting around. Turns out it is contaminated water, or “fracking fluid.”

    The fleet of 18 wheelers is not powered by natural gas.
    Good thing we have city water and waited to dig a well.

  2. They (oil gas industry) want to target a major watershed for New York, New Jersey, Pensylvania and Delaware will end upcontaminated water if Gas commpanies exploit Delaware River Basin and New York watershed.This could happen in Australia with watersheds for Australian cities maybe effected similar to what happened with BHP-Biliton with Georges River catchment.They were longwall mining destroyed the creekbed of Simpsons Creek and created a crack which allowed gas to leak out destroy wildlife . This area provieds water for Sydney. It’s not worth the risk.

  3. This is called coal seam gas in Australia and we are about to see a major increase in Queensland. Thousands of wells will be constructed in the next 5 – 10 years across the Surat Basin. A few hours west of Brisbane. Huge amounts of water need to be treated and managed. Mostly used for irrigation for farmers. The long term impact on the Surat basin is yet to be determined, with most of the methane gas being pipelined to Gladstone, liquified and then sent to China. Locally this gas is used to for power stations and produces 50% the emissions of coal fired power stations. In total about a 20 to 30 year industry.

  4. We are reaching out accross the world to you Australians. I live in Arkansas in the United States. We are the number one place to drill in the world because of lack of regulation. We are attempting to help ourselves and resist the destruction, partly by reaching out to others suffering in the United States and also the world. We stand together as a brotherhood of victims and call out for the protection of our clean water, air and soil. The consequences have been dire. We pray for you all in Australia that your government will be more responsive in addressing the negative impacts of natural gas drilling.


    Join the PETITION to HALT the experimental COAL SEAM GAS industry until the long term environmental, social and health impacts are known.

    With over 40,000 COAL SEAM GAS wells planned for QLD alone, this uncontrolled experiment threatens the future of our food supply and the Great Artesian Basin on which our farmers
    and towns depend.


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  6. Thanks Vanessa. Check it out guys – there is no such thing as ‘clean coal’. What a wonderful PR statement that is!

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