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An American Crisis You Need to Know About, NOW.

January 27, 2011

I’m a strong believer that if I’m going to sit down and watch a 2 hour movie, I better learn  something valuable. It was no surprise that when the Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Film were released this earlier  this week, I was going to make it a point to see  them all.

First on my list was GasLand, an HBO documentary film by Josh Fox. Incredible is an  understatement- I couldn’t sleep after watching it- the concepts from this film kept playing through my head. GasLand explains the complex topic of hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” the drilling process used to extract natural gas in the United States. In detail, it  exposes the detrimental environmental and physical/mental impacts of natural gas drilling  and the irreversible effects it has on Americans who are exposed to this process.  Thousands  of households throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas and New Mexico have contaminated, flammable drinking water because of the over 500 chemicals used during “fracking.” During the Bush administration, a bill was signed exempting “fracking” from the Clean Water Act, meaning gas and oil companies don’t have to take responsibility for water contamination. In this truly gripping documentary, you will learn about how close this topic hits to home and how natural gas extraction will change America forever.

GasLand received acclaim from The HuffingtonPost, USA Today, The Washington Post & Variety (to name a few). It also won numerous awards at film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Sarasota International Film Festival and Yale Environmental Film Festival.

For information on Gas land and how you can see this movie, click here. As a country, we need to come together to help stop toxic drilling now!

By Jenna Markowick

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