Gasland

Thursday 26 January 6.30pm
City University London
USA 2010
Directors: Josh Fox
Producers: Trish Adelsic, Molly Gandour
Language: English

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States."

The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland.

Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

Gasland is going a long way in spreading public awareness about gas drilling and the risks it poses on human and environmental health. Nationwide response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive. The