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No Frackin' Wait--Watch 'Gasland' Immediately
No Frackin' Wait--Watch 'Gasland' Immediately

As the hydrofracking moratorium in New York state comes to an end, Josh Fox's 2010 documentary Gasland is only growing more relevant. Barring overwhelming negative public response during the coming 60-day public comment period, hydrofracking will come to New York in a big way.

Desperate to solve the state's budget crisis, an influx of energy industry dollars is proving too tantalizing to pass up for most legislators. Unfortunately, it seems the process is inherently catastrophic to the environment, those living in the area, and most unnervingly the supply of potable water. A large portion of the Marcellus Shale system, the planned site of extensive drilling operations, underlies the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Delaware River Basin.

Fox explores the areas where fracking is already widespread, explains the process--though there's no definitive list of the chemicals involved--and interviews those affected. The result is a horror film, a sickening display of what's been going on thus far and a dire warning of what could happen in the very near future. It is not an easy film to watch, but it is the most important film you will see this year, especially if you are a resident of a state trying to implement these practices.

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