Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gasland News

The little documentary that could...

Gasland has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category!

If you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to do so. If you can't find it on your local cable, or find it online, it's available for sale on Amazon HERE .

Pennsylvania in particular is in dire straits, as this state is now poised to become one of the largest natural gas fields in the world (along with the Middle East and Russia) if the oil and gas industry gets their way.

They want to do the same fracking thing here where I live.

Cancers, brain damage, asthma, neuropathy (disease or dysfunction of one of more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness and pain) are just some of the side effects people have reported from living near these drilling operations. People can no longer drink their tap water, their livestock and pets are dying, the surrounding wildlife is dying. There is no fixing the problem, either. Once this toxic soup is in place, it's there forever.

If you think these chemicals are benign, or that the documentary is one-sided, ask yourself this one question:

Why are these drilling companies exempt from regulation by the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act?

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