The Josh Fox film Gasland will be shown on HBO this coming Monday, June 21. It’s scheduled for 9pm.
From the film’s web site:
When filmmaker Josh Fox discovers that Natural Gas drilling is coming to his area—the Catskillls/Poconos region of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, he sets off on a 24 state journey to uncover the deep consequences of the United States’ natural gas drilling boom. What he uncovers is truly shocking—water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, chronically ill residents of drilling areas from disparate locations in the US all with the same mysterious symptoms, huge pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation well blowouts and huge gas explosions consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. These are just a few of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND.
NPR’s web site has an interview with Mr. Fox, you can listen to it at this link.
It seems like anyone considering signing a lease for gas drilling ought to see this side of the story. At the same time, let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is exactly that: one side of the story, and told by someone who isn’t trying to educate us so much as bring us over to his side. So keep an open mind toward both perspectives: that there are dangers, but also that the movie is engineered to make us come to a certain conclusion, as Michael Moore is famous for. (Note that I haven’t yet seen the film myself, so I could be wrong.)
Thanks to “FlyFisher” for the tip that this is coming.