'Gasland' Sequel Asserts Drillers Corrupting Govt

Josh Fox galvanized the U.S. movement to stop using high-volume hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas with his incendiary 2010 documentary "Gasland." Now he's back with a sequel — and this time, he's targeting an audience of just one.

"We want the president to watch the movie, and we want him to meet with the people who are in it," says Fox, whose "Gasland Part II" makes its debut on the cable television station HBO on Monday.

He contends President Barack Obama's professed support of drilling using the technique known as fracking to tap natural gas resources ignores the environmental and public health toll of the drilling boom: "It looks like he's really sincere and earnest in his desire to take on climate change, but he's got the completely wrong information and thus the completely wrong plan."

A typically bold statement from Fox, who's emerged as one of the most visible and outspoken foes of the natural gas drilling industry in the U.S.

Having made his name as an avant-garde theater director in New York City, Fox took an interest in drilling after a gas company approached him in 2008 about leasing his family's wooded 20-acre (8-hectare) spread in Milanville, Pennsylvania, near the Delaware River. What resulted was "Gasland," a polemic that argued energy companies are turning whole communities into toxic industrial wastelands.

"Part II" covers a lot of the same ground as the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated original, as Fox takes his banjo and camera on the road again to interview residents who say their air and water were contaminated by drilling. Beleaguered homeowners demonstrate how they can light their methane-laced tap water on fire — same as in "Gasland" — though the pyrotechnics in "Part II" are more spectacular.

What's new here is the focus on what Fox sees as the drilling industry's corrupting influence on politicians and regulators. In "Gasland Part II," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cast in the role of protector and defender. The agency starts to hold the industry to account for contaminating heavily drilled neighborhoods in Dimock, Pennsylvania; Parker County, Texas; and Pavillion, Wyoming. Then the drillers get to work, buying off politicians who, in turn, force the EPA to back off. Meanwhile, Obama's 2012 State of the Union address sets the tone for an election-year policy shift that replaces science with political expediency.


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Phil John Randy | Jul. 9, 2013
Have you watched one of he movies? I guess not, cause like all factually challenged agents of the neocon you have no point and tell a new lie with every breath. Why did the gas industry hire the same PR/Marketing firm that lied to the country about tobacco? Why are you saying word for word what is on every other anti-gasland blog about people being able to light their wells on fire? Do you have any proof of that other then the BS sentence you wrote? I didnt think so! No video or dated pictures. Typical propaganda fashion, repeat the same lie until the sheep of the right believe you, even if it is to their own detriment or future death!

Joe Bloggs | Jul. 8, 2013
I heard a lot of methane gas seeps into the atmosphere after the well is drilled (released over time) and therefore makes it less environmentally friendly then coal. This was not mentioned in this particular article - is this true or not?

Joe Allgood | Jul. 8, 2013
This guy must be paid by the tree huggers as he is against everything that makes our country run and trying to be independent of other countries.He wants the US to become a third world country maybe he should go somewhere else to live and spout his BS and see how well he is received.

Kurt A. | Jul. 8, 2013
I certainly hope O&G marketing gets ahead of this crockumentary" before the public has a chance to be fooled again. Marketing is as much about heading off negative impacts as well as the positive ones.

Phil Miller | Jul. 8, 2013
Considering that almost the entire original "Gas Land" movie was loaded with half truths and outright lies; I do not expect much from this one either. Josh Fox is a special interest promoter in his own right and like many before him; figures to cash in on fear. Many many rural people have been able to light well water in their systems well before drilling and fracking. This not so uncommon occurance. I would hope people are smart enough to see this. Unfortunately the masses will again be easily duped by Foxs theatrics. Very sad statement of our times. Delay NG development in favour of burning diry coal. Kind of like promoting electric cars that are effectively much harder on the environment than gasoline. There have been 270 000 wells fracked in Alberta beginning in 1949 without even 1 single case of ground water disturbance due to it.

John Blocker | Jul. 8, 2013
Here we go again! What a bunch of whining, misinformed idiots...... God help them!

Randy Counts | Jul. 8, 2013
This guy needs to start riding a bicycle or horse drawn carriage when filming this crap. Maybe then he will appreciate the vehicle he is driving which is running off a hydrocarbon product.


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