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Gasland

GASLAND
A FILM BY JOSH FOX

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."

http://www.gaslandthemovie.com

 

DIRTY FRACKING BUSINESS

A Book by Peter Ralph

When little Charlie Paxton aged only six passes away with a mysterious form of cancer, his father, Charles, swears to have his revenge. The water and the air in the Fisher Valley was pristine before the coal seam gas companies arrived with government endorsed gas exploration and development licences. Then they marched roughshod over the owners of privately owned highly productive farming and grazing land, paying them little in the way of compensation.

After drilling they pumped water, sand and toxic chemicals at high pressure hundreds of metres into the ground in a process known as fracking that exploded the coal seams, releasing the methane while giving scant attention to the ground, air and water pollution they were creating. Charles Paxton is determined to stop the gas companies even if it means blowing up their wells and blocking their access to agricultural properties.

But big gas is powerful and backed by rapacious governments who won’t hesitate to use their police and army to smash through blockades. Can an unlikely alliance of farmers, greens and conservatives stand against the might of big gas and the governments complicit in helping it?

http://www.peterralphbooks.com/Frackin_Business.html

Richard Heinberg

Post Carbon Institute

http://www.postcarbon.org/person/36200-richard-heinberg