In his 2010 Oscar®-nominated documentary Gasland, director Josh Fox profiled the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” inspiring a national debate about this once touted and now controversial energy source. With Gasland Part II, he broadens the landscape, traveling all around the country and beyond to investigate the long-term environmental impacts of fracking, uncovering devastated landscapes, poisonous water, earthquakes, and neurological damage. Most importantly, Fox finds people whose lives have been irreparably changed. He follows ordinary folk — many of them reluctant environmentalists — as they organize and wage a pitched battle against the gas companies. Fox also captures the industry’s reaction to negative claims. New York, Pennsylvania, the Gulf of Mexico, the heart of Texas, Colorado, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.: Fracking’s reach is vast. Chock full of unnerving interviews and surprising data, Gasland Part II continues to spur an important national dialogue forward. (USA, 2013, 125 min.) Q&A with Cornell Professor Anthony Ingraffea, a scientific expert on fracking and climate change, immediately following.
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