18.1.11

"Gasland" - UK Premier - Institute of Contempoaray Arts

Gasland
ICA
17/01/11

I magically won a pair of tickets to the UK premiere of documentary "Gasland" at the ICA tonight. It's like a 21st Century version of Erin Brockovich except director Josh Fox rocks the banjo like no other. 

The film follows Josh when he is asked to lease his land for drilling by an oil and gas energy company. Instead of taking the $100,000 for his 19.5 Acres of land, he embarks across America uncovering a trail of lies and contamination. "The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States." The newly developed drilling technology of "fracking" (or hydraulic fracturing) has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas", allowing America it's own resource. Economic boom.

As the documentary follows Josh, he learns fracking is far from safe. Hydraulic fracturing is a means of natural gas extraction and involved pumping millions gallons of water containing almost 600 different types of chemicals including carcinogens, which has somehow managed to make its way into american communities drinking water. 

Josh visits the nearby Pennsylvanian town where reports have surfaced that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire, one of the many shocking revelations of the documentary as he makes his way across the effected states (around 36 and counting if I remember correctly). Apparently it's making it's way to Europe, first stop: Blackpool, (already ruined some would say/this is not a joke, serious evironmental issues here)  which is absurd, this film needs screening to every man and his dog so people know what's going on in the world of fossil fuels. How this has continued I do not understand. The statistics are mindblowing. Watch It.