Let the fracking commence!
Originally posted on Consentient:
I recently watched Gasland, and its sequel, Gasland: Part Two, and was deeply moved by the film’s exposure of the horrendous damage to people and their environments by the monstrous natural gas industry and its devastating technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
The first of the two films shows the national picture of ruination caused by fracking in the United States, where the industry is the most developed, and therefore has exacted the harshest toll.
The second film, however, as well as documenting the continuing fight of the affected people to obtain justice for the crimes committed against them, takes a step back and explores the wider picture of agency and manipulation that has allowed these crimes to be perpetrated, and which protects their criminal perpetrators from receiving any kind of justice at all. While some disparate and localised public offices joined the side of the victims, the cases are of course predictably referred up the official chain of command to the Federal Government and its agencies, chiefly EPA.