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Film: Gasland

Sunday, July 17, 2011
12:00 AM
Gates Lecture Hall, University of Michigan Biological Station on Douglas Lake, Pellston.

This is part of the 2011 UMBS Environmental Film Series. It is free and open to the public.

Gasland (2010), Unrated, 104 minutes. "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." (from the Gasland website)