2011-02-02 05:44:36Gasland, the movie
Rob Honeycutt

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Has anyone seen this movie yet?  It just won awards for the documentary category in the Sundance film festival.

http://gaslandthemovie.com/ 

2011-02-02 06:07:30Review of Gasland
John Hartz
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I have not yet seen the movie, but it has created quite a stir among enviornmentlaists and progreeives in the US.

Here's part of a re-review from Huffington Post. (I use it on comment threads to refute claims that natural gas from shale is the "clean fuel" of the future for the US and that "fracking" causes no harm.)

“As I mentioned in my review, the natural gas industry has responded to Gasland by launching a website called Energy In Depth to debunk its claims. But what's interesting is what is admitted through this website if one actually reads it, like the fact that fracking has never been regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act -- something which might have happened in 2004 if a study by Bush's EPA hadn't concluded that there was no evidence that fracking polluted water supplies, yet conducted no water tests that would have found such evidence. Or if Dick Cheney's 2005 energy policy had re-classified fracked wells as injection wells.

“It also may be true that only 1% of fracking fluid contains the dozens of dangerous chemicals -- like arsenic, asbestos, barium, cadmium, chromium, cyanide, lead, mercury, chlorobenzene, dichlorobenzene, dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls, toluene, trichloroethylene, xylene, radium 226-228, uranium, etc. -- that can be found on energyindepth.org (if you look hard enough, like on page 2-13 through 2-16). But when you consider the fact that each frack uses 3-8 million gallons of fracking fluid, and that wells are commonly fracked dozens of times (and maybe even upwards of 300 times), that 1% adds up to millions of gallons of chemicals, much of which is never recovered for treatment.“

Source: “ReThink Review: Gasland -- Is Your Tap Water Flammable?, Huffington Post, Jan 3, 2011 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-kim/rethink-review-emgaslande_b_803961.html

2011-02-02 06:16:21
Rob Honeycutt

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There's also a really good 23 min interview with the film maker by David Brancaccio on NOVA on PBS.  You can rent it on iTunes for 99 cents.
2011-02-02 12:39:39
Stephen Leahy

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Seen it, it is a low-budget but powerful doc of its type - anecdotal, personal stories and lots of flaming tap water scenes. Victims get industry and govt run around ...fracking has made a lot of people unhappy and a few people quite rich. Nat Gas is heavily touted as the 'clean' bridge fuel to the future. But there really hasn't been any studies on the full enviro impacts of fracking. The EPA was denied research funding until last year despite over 100,000 wells already dug.

Finally a publicly funded journalism outfit called propublica has done some digging into this mess.  With fracking natural gas looks to be about as bad as coal from a lifecycle perspective. Read it here http://bit.ly/gnXIJN

2011-02-03 11:53:29Congressional Investigative Report Released
John Hartz
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"Fracking firms may have broken rules -- Energy companies may have violated environmental rules by injecting diesel into the ground without permits.", Reuters, Jan 31, 2011

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/fracking-firms-may-have-broken-rules