The French government may institute a nationwide ban on fracking; a controversial practice used to extract natural gas from the earth, due to US based disasters.
Recent reports indicate fracking may indeed be more dangerous for the environment and lead to global warming at rates much higher than previously thought. In addition, a number of reports show the proactive pollutes water supplies, kills wildlife and destroys the quality of life in the communities where it takes place.
Citing US fracking catastrophes, French officials are edging towards banning the practice outright. Across America however fracking continues amid rising disasters.
Kate Sinding, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council explained that France is the start of a trend where nations are recognizing the risks involved with fracking. As more and more comes to light about the practice fewer people are willing to allow it to enter their communities.
A number of US states have begun to improve regulations on fracking, but it has not prevented disasters. More regulations are needed, argued Sinding. Many regulators are weary of halting the practice because the economic gains for communities can be very high.
“A lot of where shale gas is developed in this country is in economically depressed places and there is a lot of political pressure from the other side to get in and develop as much gas as possible,” she explained.
The economic potential often trumps public safety.
GASLAND – (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize – Best US Documentary Feature – Sundance 2010. Screening at Cannes 2010.
It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well – rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.