Gasland – Revealing the Fracking Truth About Natural Gas Drilling

Filmmaker Josh Fox’s Gasland journey began when Natural Gas drilling came to his area of the Catskills/ Poconos region of upstate New York, offering lucrative deals to he and his neighbors for drilling access to the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” that theoretically lay beneath many regions of the U.S.

The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true – it is” motivated Fox to embark on a 24 state journey in an attempt to find out the reality behind the offers of money and assurances that granting access to their land would be safe.

What Fox found  as he visited rural landowners all across the country was shocking: water that can be lit with a match right out of the sink; residents in drilling areas suffering chronic illness with common symptoms across disparate locations across the country; enormous pools of toxic waste killing cattle and vegetation; well blowouts and gas explosions. These are just some of the “absurd and astonishing revelations” Fox consistently found all across the country. A new country called GasLand.

Watch the following videos to get a taste.


Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. How much more clear does it need to be that we (humans), that are presumed to be so intelligent as a species, do everything to prove how just plain stupid we are. We are killing the planet. And, we are doing so at an ever-increasing pace when we need to instead make a massive shift away from these destructive carbon-based fuel sources and the extraction methods that WILL destroy our ability to survive on this planet. When short-term riches outweigh all logic to preserve the safety and cleanliness of our water and air, it is over. We are there. It IS over. I will never understand what “making money” off fracking and other such things will do for anyone once we make the planet essentially uninhabitable.


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