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Can you imagine being able to light your tap water on fire? This is just one of the many shocking results due to the natural gas drilling boom which has swept the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. Josh Fox encounters EPA whistleblowers, congressmen, world recognized scientists, and some of the most incredibly inspiring and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While the hushed tones of Fox's would-be naf commentary slightly grate after a while, his film's images, contrasting natural beauty with industrial horror show, are bracingly effective indeed."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It's not pretty, but it works for some. Gasland won a special jury prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival."
‑ Katie Hewitt, Globe and Mail
"Josh Fox puts a fresh spin on a well-drilled - if continually relevant - story."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Improbably riveting."
‑ Sam Davies, Sight and Sound
"It's a powerful film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"An exhaustive and eye-opening look at natural-gas drilling and its potential dangers."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Dallas Morning News
"A must-see documentary"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Cheney, the great outdoorsman, nearly killed a friend while hunting. That was nothing, however, compared with what he's been doing to thousands of his fellow countrymen."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"By turns shocking and deeply upsetting, Gasland is a powerful, well made eco-documentary that carries a vitally important message."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"While this isn't always an easy film to watch, it does make important and seemingly incontrovertible connections between Washington and big business that should alarm us all."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"With its jolting images of flammable tap water and chemically burned pets, New York theater-director-turned-documentarian Josh Fox's Sundance-feted shocker makes an irrefutable case against U.S. corporate "fracking.""
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"Gasland will no doubt spark the political debate it intends."
‑ Zara Miller, Little White Lies
"An absorbing, level-headed documentary exposing the way in which nothing is allowed to stand in the path of corporate greed."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"With the hunt for natural gas likely to be heading to Britain, it's a topical film, although the point could have been made in less time."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Gasland may be the first ever American film in which Nixon is the hero. It is the 101st in which Dick Cheney is the villain."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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