Ever See Flammable Tap Water?: Gasland Film Investigates Natural Gas Industry

  • Published on June 29th, 2010 by


Dang. Ever see water that ignites upon leaving the tap? If not, then you might be interested in seeing Gasland, a recent film by Josh Fox that dives into the corruption of the US natural gas industry. In the film, Josh Fox exposes the impact that modern natural gas extraction, which uses a technology called hydraulic fracturing (or”fracking”), has on communities (especially the safety of their drinking water) and the environment. Some of those impacts apparently include making drinking water flammable!

From the official Gasland website:

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

The project began in 2008, when Fox was approached by a gas company who offered him $100,000 in exchange for leasing his family’s 20 acres of land in Milanville, near the Delaware River. Instead of taking the cash, Fox decided to find out more about the natural gas industry, which resulted in the production of Gasland.

For more, check out the excellent trailer:

Image credit: Gasland film

Want to reduce your use of natural gas? Energy-efficient appliances are a good place to start. If you’re really feeling ambitious, you may want to explore renewable energy products such as solar power systems and wind turbines.

About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud
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  • Tom

    I just watched this film!! I was totally shocked and disgusted that our Government would allow, our clean drinking water to be 100% contaminated for plan greed!! What in the hell will this country do if we have no clean running water? WTF PEOPLE!!! LETS GET OFF OUR F-ING A$$E$ AND TAKE BACK OUR LAND AND OUR WATER!!!! When will it be enough??? ALL for the mighty F_ING BUCK!!!!! F all you, who are apart of such a horrible, and down right criminal act! Karma is a bitch you bastards!!!

  • Go to the open congress website and show your support for the Frack Act. S.1215 – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act and H.R.2766 – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009.


  • Crystal

    Watched this video and almost Hit the floor! I Knew all of this was not good, The way my community was changing. The claims that it was 100% SAFE! NO Worries, Theyve been telling everyone!! BULL**IT! My Grandfather has 300 Acres, that they have recently drilled and are in the process of beginning to Frack! My Uncle, My Father and a few others on the mountain have complained of their water Being Muddy, a few times, now! After watching this video, I now know that after the muddiness comes the contamination of Frack water(Cancer causing list of 100’s of chemicals) Pumped in the ground and left there for us all to be contaminated by it eventually! Geee Really looking forward to what weird illnesses or Cancers my community will soon be subjected to. THEY are drilling everywhere and have everyone so blindsided!!! I really want to purchase this video to Lend it out to my grandfather/uncles etcc. They live in the Boonies and My grandfather has no access to the internet and They probably wouldnt watch unless I took it to them. I really want them to be aware of Everything, soon to Fall in our Laps. Can someone please let me know where and How I can purchase this Documentary???

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  • Jerry Garcia

    Settle down people. GASLAND is full-on propaganda designed to get your panties in a wad so you’ll demand more power to the EPA.
    There isn’t enough room in this comment box to list all the distortions and omissions in this piece of “work”.
    Mother Nature isn’t worried about fracking, and you shouldn’t be either.

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