City University London
Directors: Josh Fox
Producers: Trish Adelsic, Molly Gandour
"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 Oil and Gas Industry's response: not so enthusiastic.
Gasland has been nominated for a 2011 Academy Award in the documentary category and won an Emmy for best non-fiction directing.
After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent at the Guardian, Jenny Banks the Energy and Climate Policy Officer at the WWF, Rob Basto from Frack Off UK and Dr Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Communities at the Environment Agency.