There’s a lot of buzz on the internet about this award-winning documentary – both pros and cons – regarding accuracies, truths, laws and conspiracies, so you should do the research yourself and come up with your own conclusion. But by all means, do the research – it is important to have a point-of-view on this topic, especially with November elections just around the corner. This topic affects us all.
HBO OnDemand is currently featuring ‘Gasland,’ a film by first-time film maker, Josh Fox, who was inspired to make the film because of an offer he received from the gas company wanting to lease some of his property for natural gas drilling. They offered to pay Mr. Fox $100,000 for the right to drill on his property, but because he did not know much about the process, Mr. Fox said ‘no’ to the offer and decided to do some research of his own. And, his film was born.
Mr. Fox takes his camera cross-country to investigate stories he researched regarding people’s drinking water catching fire when you light their faucets with a lighter. Could this be true? Are people’s drinking water catching fire from their tap and a lighter? How does methane gas get into the water in the first place?
Mr. Fox travels to states where large-scale drilling is already happening and what he finds isn’t pretty. From his home state of Pennsylvania, to Texas, to Colorado and Wyoming, Fox finds and hears the same tragic stories from every family he visits. Stories of mountain streams that bubble with toxic vapors and a woman who keeps dead animals she finds on her land in the spare freezer for someone to analyze, ‘Gasland’ shows the harshest of destruction and environmental disasters drilling has already caused by using hundreds of chemicals in a drilling method called ‘fracking’ that allegedly contaminates the air, ground and water.
Ben Domenech on NewLedger.com says that ‘methane is common in well water and you deal with it.’ He has also posted a video of Boone Pickens, a man who makes his living by leasing and drilling, for his opinion. He also sites the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) as saying that ‘dissolved methane in well water appears to be biogenic in origin… there are no indications of oil & gas related impacts to water well.’
The Huffington Post posted a video on their site that shows the water catching fire from the tap.
Whatever you do, watch this documentary. Then, do your own research to reach your own conclusion and have your back-up information ready – the debate on clean energy and natural gas is just getting started.
What do you think? Would you drink water you could smell or set on fire?
To read interesting comments on this debate for yourself, please read the post on NewLedger.com by Ben Domenech, then read the comments from readers.
To read the article on The Huffington Post, their Twitters and comments from readers, please visit HuffingtonPost.com.
For a more comprehensive review on all of HBO’s documentaries, please visit this examiner article by Christine Nyholm, the Cable TV & Celebrity Examiner.