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Can you light your water on fire? Is fracking safe?
Find out in this bold film that was nominated for a 2011 Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature.
Filmmaker Josh Fox grew up in the verdant woods of the Delaware River Valley. In 2009, he learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale—a giant reservoir of natural gas that stretches across the Appalachians—and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction.
Part mystery, part travelogue and part banjo showdown, this fascinating film documents Josh’s cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—is actually safe. As he interviews people who live on or around current fracking sites, Josh learns of things gone horribly wrong, from illness to hair loss to flammable water, and his inquiries lead him ever deeper into a web of secrets, lies, conspiracy and contamination.
Unearthing a shocking story about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, Gasland races to find answers about fracking before it’s far too late.
Special Features include Deleted Scenes and Interviews.
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: Cheney, the great outdoorsman, nearly killed a friend while hunting. That was nothing, however, compared with what he's been doing to thousands of his fellow countrymen.-Philip French, Guardian [UK], January 18, 2011
Fresh: Josh Fox puts a fresh spin on a well-drilled - if continually relevant - story.-Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine, January 18, 2011
Fresh: It's a powerful film.-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], January 13, 2011
Fresh: While the hushed tones of Fox's would-be naf commentary slightly grate after a while, his film's images, contrasting natural beauty with industrial horror show, are bracingly effective indeed.-Trevor Johnston, Time Out, January 12, 2011