Gasland

Thursday 26 January 6.30pm
City University London
USA 2010
Directors: Josh Fox
Producers: Trish Adelsic, Molly Gandour
Language: English

"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.

Gasland is going a long way in spreading public awareness about gas drilling and the risks it poses on human and environmental health. Nationwide response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive. The Oil and Gas Industry's response: not so enthusiastic.

Gasland has been nominated for a 20