Drilling industry attacks ‘GasLand’

Posted by Christine, February 8, 2011

Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated film “Gasland” definitely isn’t the first prominent documentary to spark a vigorous counterattack from the corporate interests it seeks to expose….

“Gasland” is a highly compelling grass-roots-level exposé of the explosion of natural gas drilling across the United States since 2005, when a little-noticed clause in Dick Cheney’s energy bill exempted the aggressive and invasive extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking,” from any federal regulation or oversight. Fracking, at least in its recent, higher-tech reinvention, involves the explosive injection of millions of gallons of water, laced with tons of toxic chemicals, in an effort to free natural gas trapped deep in the shale. It appears anecdotally connected to hundreds if not thousands of cases of groundwater contamination and a wide range of health problems.