Gasland is a documentary by Josh Fox about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the communities in the United States.

After Fox gets an offer from an oil company so that they can drill in his land, he goes on an investigation to know what fracking is all about and its effects. The director drives to different states and interviews people in communities where extensive fracking is taking place.

Along the way he exposes its hazardous environmental and health effects, greedy oil companies, and government schemes that help the natural gas drilling process unregulated and unmonitored.

I don’t live in the US but this was an eye-opening film that effectively takes you to the center of the problem. The story unfolds through the experiences of people in affected communities then connects to the oil companies and the government.

As Fox drives from one state to another we get a striking contrast between a beautiful view of the landscape and oil wells and tanks. You can’t help but sympathize with the people who are affected by this issue and get mad at the oil companies and their enablers.

Overall its a good inspiring documentary that highlights the impact of hydraulic fracturing and reveals how the gas-oil industry is fucked up. Its really sad how greedy oil companies can easily turn a blind eye and how the government can be manipulated for the sole sake of profit. At the end of the film I want to punch Mr. Boren (@2:20 in the trailer) and Dick Cheney in the face.

My Take: 8/10

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