It’s Official! Gasland 2 to Premiere at NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival in AprilMar 12th, 2013 | By fjgallagher | Category: Fracking, Lead Articles
Gasland Part II, the long-anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated Gasland, from acclaimed filmmaker Josh Fox, will makes its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 21, NaturalGasWatch.org has learned.
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Fox‘s first film about the natural gas industry, Gasland, premiered in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. Industry apologists and critics alike also credited the film with almost single-handedly framing the debate around hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking,” as it has come to be called in the parlance of our times.
“What we’ve seen in the last few years, and I hope it’s peaking, is a completely heightened public awareness around hydraulic fracturing and an increase in active opposition,” Tisha Conoly-Schuller told an audience of natural gas-industry insiders at a 2011 trade conference. “I hate to credit the movie Gasland, but it’s really changed the conversation.”
The people opposed to hydraulic fracturing can no longer be characterized as environmental extremists because the movement has gone mainstream, Conoly-Schuller said at the conference. She credited Fox, the producer of the movie, Gasland, which helped to coalesce opposition to fracking, with playing a large role in that shift.
Fracking is a controversial natural gas drilling technique, in which i millions of gallons of water, laced with a toxic brew of chemicals, are injected deep underground to break up rock formations, thereby freeing the natural gas trapped within. It has been linked to groundwater contamination, increased air pollution and dangerous workplace conditions for the men and women who work in the gas fields.
In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Fox interviewed NaturalGasWatch.org editor and publisher F.J. Gallagher during the course of Gasland Part II — and while Gallagher did offer some compelling and insightful commentary on the nature of the nation’s natural gas infrastructure, it remains to be seen whether that footage will be included in the film or instead ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor.
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