Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Gasland Part II Airs Free on HBO - Beginning July 8, 2013

Gasland Part II is set to air for free on HBO beginning July 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM.  Watch the Gasland II trailer. The film is the sequel to the groundbreaking HBO documentary Gasland, which took an unflinching look at the environmental assault on America known as fracking.  Written and directed by Josh Fox, this must-see film was Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking.  

So what does Gasland have to do with the Bluegrass Pipeline?  Plenty.  Up to 400,000 barrels of the toxic byproducts of fracking, Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) will be transported through the Bluegrass Pipeline under high pressure every day through Kentucky's back yards.  It is important for Kentuckians to know the dangers of these substances.

Naturally, the film has drawn serious backlash from the gas industry, which accused Fox of spreading inaccurate information.  In making Gasland, Fox set interviewed citizens of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and other states to document the impact of widespread natural gas drilling over the last ten years. He interviewed individuals who have suffered health problems directly traceable to contamination of their air, of their water wells or of surface water. Fox reached out to scientists, politicians and gas industry executives and ultimately worked with a  subcommittee of Congress in attempt to affect positive change.  Ultimately hydraulic fracturing was exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Fox was arrested for environmental advocacy:

Check out Gasland II on HBO, and view clips of Gasland in two parts below: