Gasland Part 2

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Many people had never heard of "fracking" — a process that uses drilling and high-pressure water to release natural gas from deep underground — until Josh Fox's 2010 documentary "Gasland,"... More

Many people had never heard of "fracking" — a process that uses drilling and high-pressure water to release natural gas from deep underground — until Josh Fox's 2010 documentary "Gasland," which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award. The process, and its health effects on people and impact on local water supplies, has become a point of great contention as it has moved around the country and now the globe, largely pitting environmentalists and grassroots activists on one side and the energy industry on the other. "Gasland Part II" plays out like a PowerPoint horror movie, with Fox's ominously downbeat narration again providing unnerving punctuation to the wave of statistics and graphics and stories of lives overturned. If the most memorable moment of the original film was a man setting the water from his kitchen sink on fire — also subsequently a centerpiece of debate — in "Gasland Part II," Fox shows a man lighting up the end of his garden hose. It is certainly an image that demands explanation. With continued arguments and legislation over fracking, this follow-up seems inevitable and necessary.

July 8, 2013
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