New Film Tackles Fracking Politics

by Crystal Wiltshire, Ecorazzi

When filmmaker Josh Fox was offered money for a gas company to set up a fracking operation in his backyard, it forced him to take a hard look at exactly what was going on. Knowing that the area is a watershed that feeds the water systems of surrounding major cities, he understood quickly that the area needed to be protected. From this need, his film “Gasland” was created.

“I think ‘Gasland’ is the doorway for a lot of people to see something happening in their backyard and realize the national and global implications,” says Fox.

The film has gained him enormous momentum in the fight against fossil fuels, earning nods from the Oscars, Emmys and Sundance Film Festival, among others. It has caught the attention of countless celebrities, such as Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo, who have helped to promote the film and the anti-fracking movement behind it.

Fox has discussed that he will continue to explore these issues in the follow up documentary, “Gasland 2″, which will examine more of the politics behind the fossil fuel industry.

“We’re looking at the way in which the fossil fuel industry has attacked the fundamentals of our democracy and spends enormous amounts of money trying to undermine the citizens’ voice in Albany, Sacramento, Washington and all across the nation,” he says. “There are a lot of topics to be investigated. Every single dollar spent lobbying a legislator on behalf of oil and gas is a toxic dollar that undermines public health and safety laws that protect Americans. That’s contamination of the political system.”

Image credit: Gasland Trailer

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


Julie D.
Julie D5 years ago

I am so glad these films are being made, now we need to get people to watch them! This is such a destructive and horrible practice and people need to know about it so we can put an end to it eveywhere in the world. We can learn to live without oil, in fact as a finite source we will have to learn to live without it. But we cannot live without clean fresh water, water is esssential to all life on our planet. Many thanks to these film makers who are trying to get the necessary information out there and make a difference!

Steve N.
Steve N.5 years ago

I read in new science that fracking may not be so bad after all . but i still don't like it ..

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

John B.
John B5 years ago

I have seen the film and it is full of information and I encourage everyone to see it and I when Gasland2 is released I pan to see it. Thanks for posting the story Michael.

Mari 's
Mari 's5 years ago

Thank you so much for protecting the land and US!!

Linda Robinson
Past Member 5 years ago

With more Michigan acres offered to the highest bidder in the gas business, we all need to be better informed. Thanks!

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis5 years ago

Good. After all, with all the 'pro-fracking' propaganda ads that run in Ohio, we need at least a balance.

Kath R.
Kath P5 years ago

Fracking scary stuff. Time to rethink just exactly what 'we're' doing to our home.