Natural Gas

NATURAL GAS DRILLING HEALTH HAZARDS:

GasLand

Documentary 2010 NR 107 minutes. In this Oscar-nominated documentary, director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flames to unhealthy animals and people. See Full Review

Gasland Part II
Documentary 2013 NR.  Expanding on his Oscar-nominated film about fracking, director Josh Fox explores long-term consequences of the controversial oil-extracting method, including earthquakes and poisoned water.

Split Estate

Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 16m. The struggle between preserving public health and public treasures and satisfying the economy’s never-ending hunger for new energy sources is played out in the scenic landscape of Garfield County, Colo. Narrated by Ali MacGraw, the film details the oil and natural gas industry’s legacy of environmental damage and pollution in Colorado and elsewhere, as well as residents’ battle to protect their health and their clean water supplies.

Promised Land

Drama 2012 R. Taking advantage of hard economic times, two salespeople for a natural gas company come to a small town to buy drilling rights from the residents. To their surprise, a local schoolteacher mobilizes a campaign aimed at blocking the company’s plans.

Wiebo’s War

Documentary 2011 NR 93 minutes. Paced like a thriller, this documentary chronicles back-to-nature Christian and accused eco-terrorist Wiebo Ludwig’s struggle to save his little patch of Northern Canada from the scourge (or boon) of what lies beneath it: a huge natural gas field.

FrackNation

Documentary 2013 PG 1hr 16m. Journalist Phelim McAleer sets out to defend fracking, the controversial method of natural gas extraction. The documentary feels like simply a pro-fracking rebuttal to the anti-fracking Gasland. Maybe I’m a bit skeptical and jaded but it feels like something a gas company would produce to promote their cause. An actual documentary might spend a few minutes examining common concerns without trying so hard to paint a picture of activists bullying poor farmers. Weak documentary with very little scientific information.

A Land Out of Time

Documentary 2007. Time is running out for vast swaths of the Rocky Mountain West as the Bush/Cheney Administration turns over millions of acres of public land for oil & gas drilling. Westerners on the land for generations expose the dramatic changes to the landscape and their heritage and spark a backlash. Just who is in charge of our public lands, the oil & gas industry or the American people? The gas drilling boom here in the Rocky Mountain West caught me totally off guard as it has many Westerners. Unless you were an energy analyst, it just didn’t occur to you that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management would suddenly be leasing millions of acres to the gas and oil industry and then issuing tens of thousands of permits to drill all over the heart of the West. But when the gas boom really got going, it was obvious that, left unchecked, it would transform the Rocky Mountains forever. We’re seeing thousands of miles of roads being built on unspoiled ground to develop gas wells, billions of gallons of water pumped from the aquifers of Montana and Wyoming to develop coal-bed methane wells, and the ruin of the wild places we depend on to hunt, fish, and hike. We’re watching great swaths of America’s Western geography being rendered into an industrial landscape. And for what? A few days or weeks supply of natural gas, spread over the next couple of decades. It’s woefully short of the kind of supplies that would lower prices or make us energy independent. This land grab is short-sighted in the extreme, the modern equivalent of breaking up the furniture for firewood.

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