In May 2008, Josh Fox received a letter from a natural gas company offering to lease his family’s land in Milanville, Pennsylvania for $100,000 to drill for gas. After receiving the lease offer, Fox looked for more information about drilling for natural gas. He visited Dimock, Pennsylvania where drilling for natural gas was already underway. Fox met with some of the families who are stunningly able to set a light the water running for their tap. The families also express their concerns about potential health issues as they fear their water has been contaminated.

In the documentary, Fox sets out to see how communities are being affected in the west where a natural gas drilling boom has been underway for the last decade. Spending time with people in their homes, the families tell their stories of how drilling for natural gas on their land has affected their lives.

We hear from the people who have experienced a variety of chronic health problems as well as contamination of their air, water wells or surface water. Some of the people have even gone as far as obtaining court junctions or cash settlements from the gas companies to the replace the affected water supplies with drinking water or water purification kits.

Gasland reaches out to scientists, politicians and gas industry executives and ultimately where Fox finds himself in the halls of Congress as a subcommittee was discussing the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, “a bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing.” Hydraulic fracturing was exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

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  • Catherine Anne Abram

    Hi, Thank you ! I live in the UK and our useless government has decided to Frack for gas in North Yorkshire, Lancashire and probably loads of other beautiful places! I’m horrified and livid about this practice. Our little island is full of limestone if they pump pollutants into lime it will just literally fizz away ! Will this cause massive sink holes as well as some other small earthquakes like we’ve already experienced ? I’m sharing this documentary with a heath warning ⚠ for all wildlife, people and the yet to be born ! I cried…I’m now really angry and going to do something about it here ! Thank you for you and for exposing these idiots who love money more than life.

    • womble dung

      it may be worth also adding that the UK conservative government, who are really nasty devious people who only back rich people, changed laws and added stealth laws (clauses added without public debate against the will of the people to support big businesses, which is tantamount to treason and facism).

      these laws PREVENT anyone from complaining if fracking occurs under their own land.
      the new laws also state (these are the ones they snuck in) “any substance” can be used and left their. which means that when a well runs dry, the well can be rented or sold off to anyone wishing to dump nuclear or biological, or chemical waste.

      also recently german research shows that the concrete casings of the wells does not insure against leaks in the long term.

      we can only assume these people actually WANT our natural water to be dirtied thereby making us dependent upon big companies to sell us water!

      here in scotland where they wish to begin fracking, test drilling has begun in the aberdeen area.
      scotland has naturally fracked rocks as the mountians and rock here is very very ancient. we have the oldest mountians on earth!
      in effect this means that our natural water table cannot ever be safe from leakages from fracking wells.

      in yorkshire frackers lost the vote for fracking (something like 46 votes for, and over 3000 votes against. but the fracking goes ahead anyway.

      most epople are not properly informed of what it is and simply see money and jobs. it also means that the lies that the companies spread are likely to be believed.
      the BBC TV helps in this as they put up a pretence that backs these companies.
      depsiote iut’s great quality of shows, none the less the BBC is a government lapdog