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Watch “Gasland” and never look at your faucet the same way ever again
June 29, 2010, 1:14 pm
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I watched the movie Gasland last week on HBO.

This is yet another eye opening feature on the impact that man has on Nature and something as basic as having safe drinking water. Until now I was not really into buying drinking water when we have “decent” tap water to drink. I mean when you think of all the carbon footprint and the impact of purchasing something as basic as drinking water, it does not really make sense.Until now, we had been using a filter to drink our NYC tap water (until now…)

The movie explains the impact that the method used to extract natural gas (“Hydraulic Fracturing”) has on our drinking water supply:

Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.

Horizontal hydrofracking is a means of tapping shale deposits containing natural gas that were previously inaccessible by conventional drilling. Vertical hydrofracking is used to extend the life of an existing well once its productivity starts to run out, sort of a last resort. Horizontal fracking differs in that it uses a mixture of 596 chemicals, many of them proprietary, and millions of gallons of water per frack. This water then becomes contaminated and must be cleaned and disposed of.

For more information on fracking, check out the Gasland FAQ web site here

After looking at this movie, you are really starting to question:

1) how safe is our drinking water (who has never had “funny” tasting tap water???)

2) what are some people thinking and how far would people go to make money?

I wish this types of movies would be shown on regular cable and not only on HBO. I think this is important information that should be shared and passed around. Once again, people: Education is key. Educate yourselves and educate the people around you. We can make a difference.

Check out Gasland’s web site and pass it around. They have some petitions on the site that can be sent to our local officials to try to prevent gas companies from starting to drill gas wells around the NYC reservoirs. It is not too late but everyone needs to make their voice heard. You can contact your local elected officials right here.

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