There has been a great deal of discussion and debate about natural gas development recently. In particular, the issue of hydraulic fracturing has sparked debate and been the source of a significant amount of misinformation.
The documentary Gasland, just nominated for an Academy Award, is perhaps one of the most prominent examples of fear outstripping facts. Hydraulic fracturing, on which the movie focuses, is a time-tested drilling process that has been in use for more than 50 years in hundreds of thousands of wells. Rather than objectively explore the subject, ‘Gasland’ ignores the reality of this technology and instead creates a distorted story designed to generate fear and distrust.
America’s Natural Gas Alliance, which represents many of the companies involved in domestic natural gas production, underscores just how riddled with inaccuracies Gasland is in this just-released video which sets the record straight.
Per the very definition of the documentary category from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the emphasis of a documentary film must be ‘on fact and not fiction,’ and there is no doubt Gasland has missed the mark.
We hope that after learning the facts you agree.