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"Gasland Part II": The Fracking Empire Strikes Back

Environment  (tags: climate-change, CO2emissions, conservation, destruction, ecosystems, FRACKING, globalwarming, habitatdestruction, politics, research, science, Sustainabililty )

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Director Josh Fox explains his expanded investigation into the natural gas industry and responds to President Obama's climate speech.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:34 am
Photo from Gasland 2

Movie sequels are typically reserved for superhero franchises (and occasionally Michael Bay). Not scrappy social-issue documentaries. But director Josh Fox's 2010 documentary Gasland, which was nominated for an Academy Award, helped spark such an enormous national interest into the negative impacts of natural gas drilling that he decided to make a sequel.

"When we put the first movie out we were astounded," Fox recently told Mother Jones. "We…never figured that 'fracking' would become a household word."

Gasland ended with coverage of a June 4, 2009, hearing by the House Energy and Minerals subcommittee that addressed the safety and risks of natural gas drilling. Fox narrates, "The FRAC Act is making its way through Congress, and industry is lobbying hard against it." The FRAC Act called for the removal of hydraulic fracturing's exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and would have implemented federal regulation of the industry. But the bill never received a vote.

Gasland Part II premieres tonight on HBO and picks up in the spring of 2010, with Fox touring the Gulf of Mexico by helicopter. Below, oil from BP's exploded Deepwater Horizon rig streams along the surface. Through voiceover, Fox explains how difficult it was to get clearance to fly in the area. "Journalists would call up the FAA to clear flights," he says, "and BP would answer the phone." It's an emotional sequence, which immediately sparks a sense of injustice and opens up the film's broad theme of industry influence on government.

Here's the trailer:

Fox spoke to Mother Jones about his films and government policy immediately following President Obama's major June 25 speech on climate change:

Mother Jones: What are your initial thoughts on the president's speech and his push to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewables?

Josh Fox: It's remarkable to watch the president, with all the weight of his ability to command rhetoric with the bully pulpit behind him, make a clear speech about climate change and why that's so important for us all to focus on. And that is a rather remarkable thing to see. It's enormously powerful. So the emphasis on why climate change is important and why we should focus on it is amazing. It's exactly what we need. However, the plan itself is completely wrong.

By supporting fracked gas in the United States on a huge scale, both in terms of converting power plants to natural gas and export, and supporting fracked gas in other countries, he will undo all of the good that he's putting forward in his speech. We know now that fracked gas is the worst fuel you can develop with respect to climate change. The reason is very simple, which is that methane, when it's in the atmosphere, is up to 105 times more potent at warming the climate than CO2 is in a 20-year time frame—in this short window of time that we have now to tackle climate.

And what we're looking at now is: in the field, in the recent data that's coming in, up to 9 percent leakage in gas fields in Colorado and Utah. New York City, the transmission system is leaking methane into the atmosphere at a rate of about 3 percent. In Los Angeles, where they both produce and deliver natural gas, we're at a rate of 17 percent leakage. Which means, it's 17 times more powerful than coal.

So when you're saying we want less carbon emissions from our power plants and you're not looking at the whole life cycle of greenhouse gas, it's extremely ironic that you're sitting here making a speech about greenhouse gas emissions and advocating the development of a greenhouse gas. Methane: the second most important greenhouse gas in a 100 year time frame and the most important greenhouse gas to control in the 20-year time frame.

Watch more of Fox’s response here, via a Skype interview:

Continue Reading Interview at Mother Jones - VISIT SITE

By: Brett Brownell | Mother Jones |


Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:15 am
Movie parties are being set up for this Sunday, July 14. If you want to host one, you can go to

If you don't want to host one but would like to attend, you can probably find a place from the same site.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:23 am
Thanks for sharing the information Kit and Joanne!

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:00 pm
heard this is a good movie -

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 3:48 pm
Excellent videos on here, we can all be thankful of Josh Fox and bringing this information to a lot of people who might not know otherwise. Most certainly those who are being affected directly are aware, but we need to be standing in Solidarity on this.

As the woman said, "you think you are paying a lot now for a gallon of gas wait to you pay twice as much for water."

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:21 pm

I recorded this a couple of days ago from HBO and when I wanted to watch I found I had recorded the Latin version of HBO. I felt pretty silly. It will be on again in a few days. There are many Gasland parties currently set up through Move on and room for more to sign up as hosts or just join a house party to watch. Don't be shy, this is how the first Gasland was presented and everyone is always welcome at the home parties. Here we offer snacks and ice tea, and talk about things.

Talking about whether or not Fracking is dangerous, and reminds me of talking about climate change, it's a stalling tactic. We have already paid high prices for past stalling tactics, we need to shut them down, Now.

Water is the most essential natural resource we have, we can not make more, and hundreds of millions of gallons are wasted for drilling. We do not need the gas, we do not need any more drilling but we do need water.


Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:53 pm
Thank you for this information.

You are exemplary!

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:58 pm
THanks Kit--great info
Frack is whack

Sherri G (128)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:58 am
Kit Thank You for Posting. PLEASE EVERY ACTIVIST WATCH THIS. I just watched this very important 2 hour HBO documentary. This fracking mess is endangering our water supply across this country. We have to scream louder or we could be one of those who is being forced to leave their home because our water is contaminated with Methane, Benzene, you name it. It is happening in affluent neighborhoods too. Amazingly Dick Cheney's property in central Wyoming is endangered by Halliburton's gas wells. I don't think America realizes that the tributaries and water table can be polluted from gas wells when only 1 in 5 wells fail multiply that by tens of thousands of wells. Count Governor Cuomo, Ed Rendale, Barack Obama, the Clintons let's just say most of congress are trying to sweep this under the rug while they support it. WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN IN ANY STATE BECAUSE IT IS COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU SOON TOO. These wells are already there from NY to CA and everywhere in between. There is NOTHING Safe about fracking. Thanks Kit sorry I didn't see you listed this already but good for you doing it. Noted

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Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:52 am

TOM T (246)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 6:11 am

Thank you for Sharing this!

. (0)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:50 am
King Barky can whoop and shout all he wants but he still thinks Natural Gas is necessary for US energy dependency and a matter of national security. The sad part is that the majority of natural gas won't benefit the US people. Most of it like oil will go to markets overseas where it will benefit the already fat coffers of the Corporatist parasites. Talk is cheap Mr. President. Show me!

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:57 am

I have watched Gasland II and I have already seen Gasland I. I so wanted to have the second movie give some signs of hope, that a people have learned and are willing to make some changes. I was dead wrong. We are watching our future burned up in Fracking gas line. National Security or insecurity? The twits in DC know better and if Obama is depending on them for his council he should have realized by now, they are wandering around on the yellow brick road. From Obama to local city councils people have been lied to, insulted and betrayed.

Bill Maher had Josh Fox on his show a couple of weeks back. Some republican woman was on the show declaring that gas was perfectly safe. She called herself Mother of 4 - 4 fracking. There is stupid and there is just lost.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:00 pm
I couldn't agree more with Michael and this policy scares the hell out of me. We thought Obama is a smart, caring man, thinking ahead for the future, why must he make such devastatingly wrong decisions..

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:34 pm
Noted w/thanks for posting, Kit. The last several minutes of Gasland Part II really opened my eyes to the fact that someone at the highest levels of the EPA is quashing the truth. Josh Fox asked for a meeting with Obama, and has put an "open letter" on several sites to be read. I really hope he gets his meeting.
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