Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Gasland"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Josh Fox, director of "Gasland", talks about his Oscar nominated film, and discusses the effects of the controversial 'fracking' method of natural gas extraction on the health and safety of communities.


Josh Fox

Comments [15]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Do Oscar Nominations Influence Environmental Movements, Policies? Go Gasland!

Feb. 15 2011 03:23 PM
a g from n j

@jgarbuz. thank you, for your thoughtful measured response. however,fracking itself is neither thoughtful, nor measured. DDT,was worth "panicking" over. we might not have our national symbol, if we still had DDT all over the place,not to mention the birth defects in humans. and, why does electric and solar, have to be three decades away. who fore-ordained that, the murky gods of corporate greed and pollution ?

Feb. 15 2011 12:17 PM
Marilyn from Manhattan

EVERYONE SHOULD SEE "GASLAND" ! It's our own groundwater that's being threatened, and nothing is more precious than our water supply ...FYI Brian, the moratorium in NY is only against horizontal fracking, and only temporarily. Vertical fracking is allowed NOW, and the gas industry has vowed pursue it aggressively. We have a chance to stop them in New York - we MUST stop them.

Feb. 15 2011 12:06 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

To join with others to oppose current fracking methods:


Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Feb. 15 2011 12:05 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

to a g from NJ

I will watch Gasland today, and intend to research the question. So I will reserve my final opinions on the matter until I do. And of course I support solar, wind, electric cars, etc. That's the obvious direction we have to go, But that is still two or three decades away. Meanwhile, we are hemmorhaging hundreds of billions paying for oil from overseas, and destroying our coasts when we drill offshore. I don't see a way around using natural gas in the interim, but I will do some more research about the gravity of the problem. I'm old enough to remember the panic around DDT. Now we have bed bugs. We have to be cool and considered, and not give into panic attacks.

Feb. 15 2011 12:03 PM
Aviva from Westchester NY

What can we do to help stop the fracking?

Feb. 15 2011 12:00 PM
Henry from Katonah

I just have to comment on Brian's between segments comment on Obama and Congress. He said that the president ( meaning the Dems) "lost Congress" like Clinton did. I know it was a slip and he meant "lost the House." But I am really tired of this comparison.
Obama's situation , his party's majority in only 1 house of Congress , is the same as Ronald Reagan's first 6 years. 1 difference is that opposition Senators then did not act as obstructionists.

Feb. 15 2011 12:00 PM
dave from brooklyn

Any one who supports hydro fracking, should have to live next to one of these hydrolic fracturing sites and drink the water that is mixed with these 900 + undisclosed chemicals

Feb. 15 2011 11:59 AM
Ted Cosbey from NYC

CSI Nov 11 2010 'Fracked'

Feb. 15 2011 11:59 AM
a g from n j

jgarbuz-[ever hear of alt. energy.] you cannot be serious. do you realize what the hell is at stake here ! do some research...

Feb. 15 2011 11:57 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

A century ago we accepted dirty soot and smoke coming from burning coal and wood, .etc. Today, oil is getting scarce and pricey, and coal is still too dirty, and so natural gas is the most abundant and available fuel source. Unfortunately, many people are going to have to move away from those areas and back into the cities. Hopefully, there maybe some way to make the process more environmentally friendly, but the fact is, that we are the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, and it will have to be used until alternative sources become viable and more affordable.

Feb. 15 2011 11:52 AM
Ellen from Williamsburg

This is a total no-brainer. Who in their right mind would want to risk spoiling our water supplies over natural gas? Who in their right mind, would poisson their own families or their neighbors's water? This is a crime against humanity.

Feb. 15 2011 11:49 AM
a g from n j

controversial,really ?
if the facts were spelled out in plain english, it would not be contoversial.
the idea that it is remotely sane, to risk permanently polluting our ground water, is outrageous. this is not controversial. it is black and white. fracking is a monstrous travesty.

Feb. 15 2011 11:35 AM

Useful resource:

A mashup map of PA gas wells, along with a forum of folks who have an interest in and often stake in drilling/not drilling.

Feb. 15 2011 10:23 AM
Jesse from Brooklyn, NY

I read about the Working Families Party and some other folks trying to get a moratorium on fracking. What's our new governor's position on this? Surely our anti-corruption crusader wouldn't bow to the gas lobby??

Feb. 15 2011 10:17 AM

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