If a wee fire breaks out in your home, chances are you’d rush to
the sink and start blasting the flames with water. Do that in certain
parts of rural America and you’re looking at creating an inferno. Yes
folks, that’s right – inflammable water!
household water in certain areas has the remarkable capabilities of
being able to be ignited. A natural remarkable phenomenon, you wonder?
Nope. Just another little nugget in man’s destruction of the earth as the modern day goldrush – natural energy – means
for many, their water is so contaminated, it will burst into flames.
Worse still, the deteriorating health of inhabitants aside, houses can
blow up at any time. What’s the US government doing about it? Well, you
already know the answer to that.
‘Firewater’ is just one of the shocking facts revealed in GasLand, a
documentary that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and
focuses on American communities that have been impacted by the increase
in natural gas drilling, specifically hydraulic fracturing.
In 2008, budding writer-director, Josh Fox, had been
approached by a natural gas company that was interested in leasing his
family’s Milanville, Pennsylvania home for drilling. They would receive a
tempting offer of $100,000. Instead, a skeptical Fox set out across
America in search of information about natural gas drilling methods and
Close by, he visited Dimock, Susquehanna County, where natural gas
drilling was taking place. One family had already been worried about
their water supply being contaminated. He found similar concerns in
residents of other effected states, including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming,
and Texas. Fox discovers that natural gas collection relies on hundreds
of wells per field, and that each must be repeatedly fracked, otherwise
known as hydraulic fracturing, where gallons of chemical-infused water
is pumped underground so that rock is fractured and the gas flow is
improved. The process impacts the natural water table, placing 596 different chemicals in the water,
many of which are highly dangerous to humans. Brain tumours, blood
poisoning and respiratory problems are just a few of the health issues
highlighted – and ther sufferers silenced by non-disclosure agreements.
Seeing is believing. Go see this documentary and despair – then sign a petition!