Gasland – a film

January 5th, 2011 by Events

Gasland is a film about natural gas exploration in the USA and its impact on the US water supply and the health problems caused.

PBS video produced a 23 minute interview with Gasland Director Josh Fox, which includes scenes from the film.

The interviewer says “it is hard to find a politician who is opposed to energy independence.  The Democrats tilt more towards renewables, the Republicans towards fossil fuels but the idea is to make more energy here and import less from abroard.  Natural gas is touted as a transition fuel.  It burns cleaner than coal and oil even though it still releases those greenhouse gases that warm the planet.”

Watch the full episode. See more NOW on PBS.

The Co-operative is screening Gasland in the UK as part of its Toxic Fuels campaign, which aims to highlight the global trend of extracting oil and gas from unconventional sources, such as tar sands and gas shales.

Such exploitation threatens global efforts to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and risks local ecological disaster.

1 Response to “Gasland – a film”

  1. Lindsay

    I read recently that a company has successfully applied to use this technique somewhere in northern England – I forget where exactly. It is a worrying trend, and it seems so shortsighted: surely we should be investing every available bit of money and engineering brilliance in renewable forms of energy, rather than sucking desperately at the fast-drying well of fossil fuels?

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