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Call number: DVD 622.182 Ga

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Release date: Dec. 14, 2010.

Special features: Deleted scenes and interviews.

In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a giant reservoir of natural gas, and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction. Fox documented his cross-country trek to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracking is actually safe. What he unearthed was a shocking discovery about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, and raced to find answers about fracking before it was too late.

DVD; Region 1; Aspect ratio (1.33:1) presentation.

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Gasland, the HBO documentary written and directed by Josh Fox, presents an absolutely appalling look at the consequences of “fracking,” a hydraulic drilling process that extracts natural gas from the ground.

Fox gained interest in the consequences of fracking when he was offered thousands of dollars to allow fracking on his land. Fox declined the money and went on a quest to learn how fracking has affects the land and the people who live on it, focusing specifically on the water quality.

The effects are devastating, and seemingly undeniable consequences of the fracking process (though the companies who perform this process steadfastly refuse blame). Fox interviews countless people forced to buy water because fracking has ruined their source, people suffering from medical issues due to consuming contaminents released during the fracking process, and people who are able to set their water on fire. Yes, set their water on fire. Though it’s exciting to see a flame shooting out of a faucet, it’s terrifying to think that people are left to drink that water.

Though watching Gasland exhausted and depressed me, I’m glad to have seen it and learned about the fracking process—I hope that it brings attention to the issue and helps to decrease the occurrences of fracking. The documentary dragged a bit toward the end, perhaps because it deals with such a heavy subject

Frack the Great Lakes too?

Wow! This film shows disastrous outcomes to drinking water when fracking occurs below the drinking water aquifers of communities across the country. Methane and fracking chemicals contaminate clean water underground, natural gas bubbles out of faucets and can be ignited! People get sick and have no recourse because fracking is exempt from the Clean Water Act regulations!
Stay away from our Great Lakes watershed!..........It turns out that they are already fracking in Michigan!

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