Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Gasland' Director Says Sequel Explosive

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Gasland' Director Says Sequel Explosive

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Movie sequels gotta have bigger and better explosions than the originals, and Josh Fox, the director of "Gasland Part II," said his new film easily tops that bar.

The "flaming faucet" moment in his sequel to 2010 Academy Award nominee "Gasland," which took a critical look at shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," features a garden hose that blazes like a flamethrower, plus other explosive scenes.

"For those audiences strictly coming for the pyrotechnics, well, they won't be disappointed," Mr. Fox said prior to the free screening of the film Thursday evening at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

Pittsburgh is one of 20 U.S. cities to get a preview peek at Mr. Fox's new documentary prior to its broadcast debut on HBO at 9 p.m. July 8.

"Gasland" explored the rapidly expanding shale gas development across the U.S., showing health impacts on families near well sites, hazardous air pollutants coming off condensate storage tanks at well sites, and tap water so contaminated with methane it burst into flames with the flick of a BIC.

Three years later, everything is bigger. The shale gas industry has drilled more than 6,000 wells in Pennsylvania, and public outrage has expanded right along with it, according to Mr. Fox.

"We're winning the public, winning the democracy, with our message. The industry is winning the government and the media because they can buy those things," he said. "But they can't buy the need for healthy communities. That's why a recent poll showed an overwhelming number of people in this state favor a moratorium on drilling."

He was referring to a May poll by the University of Michigan and Muhlenerg College that found that while 49 percent of Pennsylvanians approve of shale gas drilling almost two-thirds support a drilling moratorium in order to study the risks.

Mr. …

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