Gasland (DVD) Is a Warning We Can’t Ignore - Page 2
Fox eventually visited a large section of the United States, far from his home in Pennsylvania. He interviewed people in 24 states including New Mexico, Wyoming, Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, and New York — places where fracking has already had a negative impact, and places considering the practice. One of the frightening revelations is how quickly the effects of hydraulic fracturing manifest themselves.
People are sick, livestock is sick, streams and lakes are poisoned — one stream seemed carbonated, with a steady supply of gas bubbling up to the surface. Fox is only able to present one side of this story. For some reason, most government agencies, Halliburton, and gas companies would not agree to be interviewed.
One thing the corporations have in common is that they claim that — although each area’s problems began when fracking commenced — they are not responsible. (A few Band-Aid measures have been offered in order to prevent lawsuits.) Our friends at the EPA don’t even conduct testing on any of the sites; they aren’t allowed — the contamination is legal.
While we fret about a worldwide water crisis, Fox warns us that it's happening here, with results that can be measured and verified. He points to an area where the water supply for over 20 million people is threatened as legislators consider allowing fracking in various parts of New York and Pennsylvania.
If you don’t live in a threatened area, you may not be concerned with neurotoxins and carcinogens being added to the air and water, but it might be a good idea to remember that fracking sites are our neighbors. Their waste runs into streams and rivers which run into other streams and rivers; their airspace is not leak-proof. They do not poison a small percentage of people (as if that were acceptable); they poison the planet. (For more information, visit gaslandthemovie.com. DVD release: December 14, 2010.)