Part vérité travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part showdown, GasLand is “a compelling and emotional first-person story of discovery and, ultimately, empowerment. Rough-hewn yet poetic, the film is a desperate plea for scrutiny of a powerful industry that has now turned its eyes on a new, massive and (for now) largely unexplored territory: Australia”.
In Australia, concerns about coal seam gas extraction relate not just to the contribution of escaping methane to atmospheric carbon loads and climate change (methane is a greenhouse gas 20+ times worse than CO₂), the process of ‘fracking’ (the high pressure injection of water and a myriad of chemicals into the coal seam in order to fracture the seam and release the gas), and the vast quantities of salt water occurring as a by-product of the CSG process, but also to the potential for damage to and pollution of artesian bores, and the acquisition of prime farming land by the CSG industry.
In Queensland there are already almost 1000 mines – and another 49,000 are anticipated!
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