"Gasland" The Documentary

In recent months, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has brought our attention to the extreme hazards and true costs of oil and gas exploration. Until I watched the documentary "Gasland" however, the scope and obscenity of the problem hadn't really registered. "Gasland" is a synopsis of the natural gas boom since 2005 when Dick Cheiney and the Bush administration fast tracked legislation that made oil companies such as Haliburton and Encana exempt from government regulations such as the clean water act. The clean water exemption in particular is shocking because the process used to extract the gas (called "fracing") involves injecting a carcinogenic cocktail of chemicals into the earth where it then seeps into the groundwater.

At this point your inner-self might be saying "blah-blah-blah...I've heard this all before... big oil with ties to government pollutes the environment... same old story". It's easy to become desensitized and that is why I implore you to watch "Gasland". Images of (previously clean) tap water literally being lit on fire offer the requisite documentary shock value but it is the documentary's over-arching (and overwhelming) warning that hits home: the current deregulated exploration and extraction of natural gas is systematically poisoning and destroying the groundwater supply in the continental United States.

I think it is important that this movie get viewed by as many people as possible and I am therefor linking to the torrent site ( here ) so you can download it and watch it.

If you do download it, I would suggest going to the movie's web page and making a donation.

I don't think the trailer does the movie justice but check it out anyways:


That's horrific. Robb, do you know if fracking is an issue in Canada?

Interesting article posted in Huffington Post: http://huff.to/gAE6yD

That is an interesting article; thanks. It's crazy that the part of the government charged with protecting the environment (and by extension, people's health) can be told to "not take a position" so that big energy companies can continue to pollute. It is literally insane.