What is Gasland?

Gasland is an American documentary film written and directed by Josh Fox.

Gasland the Movie by Josh Fox

According to the gasland movie website:

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

In May 2008, Fox received a letter from a natural gas company offering to lease his family’s land in Milanville, Pennsylvania for $100,000 to drill for gas.

Bottom line people is that when you drill or frack you frack with the water table.

This is a picture of what happens when you frack with the water table at your sink taken directly from the movie.

Video Interview At EMA Awards

At the Environmental Media Association annual awards dinner at the Warner Brothers Studios, I was able to interview Josh about his amazing story.

Part 2

The Fracking Problems Josh has had with the Natural Gas Industry

Gasland is going a long way in spreading public awareness about gas drilling and the risks it poses on human and environmental health. Nationwide response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive. The Oil and Gas Industry’s response: not so enthusiastic.

“Energy-In-Depth” is a PR Firm/Lobbying Group funded by the American Petroleum Institute. They are putting a misleading spin on information in Gasland to soothe and silence public curiosity about gas drilling.

The work of Energy-In-Depth lacks journalistic credibility and educated opinion. It’s nothing short of an attack on truth. For public interest, we’ve prepared a response to their self-serving claims on gas drilling.

Press Reviews

“…one of the most effective and expressive environmental films of recent years.” Variety

“On the want-to-see- scale, GASLAND tops the list” – Washington Post

“Riveting” LA Weekly

“GASLAND just might be the best film of the year.” – The Huffington Post

“Over the past 8 days I was lucky enough to view 40 films…The most important film I saw was the documentary GASLAND…This examination of air quality and more specifically drinking water under attack from NYC to Ft. Worth was very eye opening.” – USA TODAY

GASLAND is “well done. It holds people’s attention. And it could block our industry.” – Oil and Gas Journal President of the Natural Gas Supply Association

“When something emerges like Josh Fox’s GASLAND, a work of art which also happens to educate quite effectively…this is why festivals, even the big ones, are capable of surprises, because wonderful things do seep through the cracks. Precisely because it was purely personal…and that it was as concerned with aesthetic matters as issues, GASLAND may also be some ideal of that cherished sub-genre in many festival circles, the environmental film, which tends to leave art behind for the topic it’s addressing.”– Cinemascope