GasLand

"Excellent"

GasLand Review


Brilliantly assembled, this documentary unapologetically takes on ruthless corporations by pointing out how they are systematically destroying America to make money. It'll make you so angry that it's hard to keep watching. Which is a good thing.When filmmaker Fox is offered the chance to lease his family's land to a natural gas company, he starts looking into things. It turns out that America is sitting on a huge reservoir of natural gas, which Bush-Cheney used as a reason to change legislation so that Halliburton's gas-extraction is exempt from all environmental-protection laws. But the process produces pollution on a massive scale, leaving 596 dangerous chemicals in the drinking water. Through a series of first-hand interviews, Fox's research leads him to extensive corporate denials and even death threats.At the centre of the outrage is the "Orwellian absurdity", highlighted buy environmental expert Wilson, that a corporation can look at poison and say it poses no threat to drinking water. The Bush-Cheney law means that Halliburton has no responsibility for environmental impact and isn't subject to testing. So citizens injured by these chemicals are routinely ignored by both corporations and government. But these chemicals cause multiple illnesses over generations, and they're being blasted into the food chain through polluted well water.

Bush-Cheney's law also allows gas drilling in public parkland, which has left areas of great natural beauty blighted by drill rigs and refineries that belch poison onto the ground and air, jeopardising already endangered wild animals.

Thousands of wells under cities like Dallas-Ft Worth cause exponentially more pollution than vehicle emissions, while the drillers' toxic waste is dumped into the Gulf of Mexico, permanently poisoning the Texas-Louisiana coastline.

And now New York City's drinking water is under threat, as are Europe and Africa. This is actually an understatement.And frankly it's overwhelming. But Fox finds a lucid narrative here with sharp editing, thorough research and a merciful sense of humour. With a deadpan, Michael Moore-style approach, he walks us through corporate run-arounds and interviews with normal people whose heath, animals and land are being systematically destroyed while greedy corporate bosses refuse to accept responsibility. And when we see tap water that catches on fire, it gets our blood boiling as well.PICS: http://outnow.ch/Movies/2010/Gasland/Bilder/



GasLand

Facts and Figures

Genre: Documentaries

Run time: 107 mins

In Theaters: Monday 17th January 2011

Box Office USA: $30.8k

Distributed by: Independent Pictures

Production compaines: HBO Documentary Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Josh Fox

Producer: Trish Adlesic, Josh Fox, Molly Gandour

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