Gasland Part II

Synopsis: A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth's climate with the potent greenhouse gas methane.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Josh Fox
Production: HBO Documentary Films
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
125 min


We have a supply of natural gas

that can last America

nearly 100 years...


and my administration will take

every possible action

to safely develop this energy.

The development of natural gas

will create jobs

and power trucks and factories

that are cleaner and cheaper,

where we develop a hundred-year

supply of natural gas

that's right beneath our feet.

The boom

in oil and gas production

has driven oil imports

to a near-20-year low

and natural gas production

to an all-time high.


The United States will promote the use of shale gas.

Now I know that, in some places,

is controversial.

With 21st-century

drilling technology,

you can get it out of the ground

in a very safe and secure way.


I don't recall hearing about water being on fire.

We will have

North American energy.

We're going to be independent.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

Thank you, God bless you,

and God bless

the United States of America.


My name is Josh Fox.

This is my house.

It's in the middle of the woods,

tucked away on a dirt road

in a small town next

to the Delaware River

called Milanville, Pennsylvania.

Just past my backyard,

there's a stream

that feeds the Delaware.

It's been 5 years

since the first proposal

to drill thousands of gas wells

in the Delaware River Basin

came knocking at my door.

Every day you wake up with it--

the fate of my backyard,

the watershed for millions

of people--

up in the air.


you can't figure out

what's going on

in your own backyard

without figuring out all

the places around the world

that your backyard's

connected to.

And, as we know, in sequels,

the Empire strikes back.

So let's start where

we left off...

when the tide came in.

It was hard to believe my eyes.

As far as I could see,

the surface of the Gulf,

streaked with oil like ghosts

along the surface.

Nothing could really

prepare you.

We hadn't seen pictures

like this on the news.

It had been widely reported

that journalists' flights

were restricted

to 3,000 feet and above.

Journalists would call up

the FAA to clear their flights,

and BP would answer the phone.

And I don't know why.

Maybe because it was a Sunday.

Maybe because it was the Fourth

of July, and everybody was off.

But somehow, we got clearance to

fly at any altitude we wanted,

so this is what

it really looked like.

Down on the ground,

we weren't so lucky--

limited access to beaches--

but we weren't the only ones

hitting roadblocks.

I was getting

pretty good at this.

You don't really have time

to sit back

and say, "Why the hell

is this happening?"

Why is BP...

Are they in the back pocket?

They got a cozy deal?

Is their lobbyist in Washington

controlling this?

But, um, something stinks.

We're fighting harder with

the Coast Guard and BP

than we're fighting the oil.

I don't even want to start

to imagine things that--

Why would this be?

Why would they be protected?

We found out

that BP was spraying chemical dispersants

on surfaces of the Gulf

in huge volumes.

A chemical that had been

banned in Britain

actually makes the oil

more toxic

and sinks it out of sight.

They weren't solving

the crisis, just hiding it.

It's going to be ugly

if we quit spraying dispersant.

It's going to be black oil

all over the surface.

But this monster that continues

to grow every day,

at least it's not invisible.

Right now, they're making it

invisible, impossible to fight.

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Josh Fox

Josh Fox (born 1972) is an American film director, playwright and environmental activist, best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary, Gasland. He is one of the most prominent public opponents of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. He also is the founder and artistic director of a film and theater company in New York City, and has contributed as a journalist to Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast and NowThis. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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