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Gasland Part II? They Made a Sequel?
Despite the fact that Gasland was widely panned and dismissed by more than a handful of experts, the good folks at HBO gave director Josh Fox the opportunity to make a sequel. Gasland Part II premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April 2013, and premieres on HBO nationwide on July 8, 2013. Unfortunately, the second installment is just as devoid of facts, context, and attention to detail as the original – except this time, the show runs even longer. As with Gasland, we watched Gasland Part II so you don’t have to. This site explains all you need to know about Gasland, its dreadful sequel, and what the experts actually say about the safety of hydraulic fracturing.
What They're Saying
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Alan J. Krupnick
Resources for the Future
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"[U]nabashed and one-sided bashing of the oil and gas industry... The relatively esoteric issue of fugitive methane gives way to some really outrageous statements."
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The American Interest
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“[A]n overwrought polemic...Gasland II is chock-full of errors and falsehoods…more middling art than serious science.”
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Daily Kos
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“The problem with Gasland is that it is entertainment that actually is ‘science denial’ and thus not fitting as an educational documentary or journalism.”
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The New York Times
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“Mr. Fox works in the first-person style of colorful mudslingers like Michael Moore… The film runs to two hours and its anecdotal, hopscotch style starts to wear.”
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Indiewire
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“‘Gasland Part II’ runs longer than the earlier installment, but ultimately it has less to say.”
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John Hanger
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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“[Gasland was] fundamentally dishonest … a deliberately false presentation for dramatic effect … [T]his movie certainly contributes to more public misunderstanding.”
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Jim Marston
Environmental Defense Fund
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“Obviously, Gasland has a lot of pretty dramatic events. I think where I would differ with Josh is his conclusions that those problems are all related to fracking.”
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Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
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“Gasland incorrectly attributes several cases of water well contamination in Colorado to oil and gas development when our investigations determined that the wells in question contained biogenic methane that is not attributable to such development.”
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Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News
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“‘Gasland’ presents a carefully crafted point of view. Not everything in the film’s narration is precisely accurate. Not all of its subjects are completely credible. Some major components of the story are missing.”
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The Washington Examiner
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“Whatever your political sympathies, you can’t ignore the evidence that ‘Gasland’ is pure propaganda, not a documentary.”
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Is hydraulic fracturing as unsafe and environmentally ruinous as Gasland director Josh Fox tried so hard to portray it? Armed with serious questions and determined to find credible answers, Shelly hits the road for a trip across the country, making stops along the way to interview academics, environmentalists, regulators and industry experts. What she discovered was that the facts tell a completely different story than the message in Gasland. The film “Truthland” chronicles Shelly’s quest – and the experts’ answers to her very important questions.
Rebuttal Library
In Race for House Minority Leadership, Fracking Continues to Impact Elections Desperate Anti-Fracking Wayne Forest Campaign Tries to Use #NODAPL to Revive Interest Wyoming Regulators Ask EPA to Plug Flawed Pavillion Monitoring Wells Utica Shale Replenishes Funding Cuts to Ohio Public Schools Fracking Plays Major Role in U.S. Elections Ohio Voters Thoroughly Reject Anti-Fracking Bill of Rights for Sixth Consecutive Time BLM Finds “No Significant Impact” from Fracking, Allows Leasing Ohio’s Wayne National Forest Carnegie Mellon Study: “There Is No Support” for Activists’ Claims on Radon and Marcellus Gas Despite Huge Fundraising Flop, CELDF Still Pushing for More Lawsuits in Ohio New Activist Report Rehashes Discredited Fracking Studies to Target School Children Unhinged: Gasland Director Accuses Obama’s Former EPA Chief of ‘Lying’ about Fracking Steyer and McKibben Bringing Anti-Fossil Fuel Crusade to Ohio amid String of Defeats EID Report: Sales Tax Revenues Grow 65 Percent in Utica Shale Counties Activists Determined to End Fracking Try to Convince Ohioans that Methane Rules Create Jobs Elected Officials, Union and Business Leaders Tout Fracking at Shale Insight Conference Lacking Evidence for Reproductive Problems, Anti-Fracking Researchers Attempt to Push Foreign Studies Unions and Landowners Speak Out Against Extreme Keep-It-In-The-Ground Movement Elected Leaders, Unions, Democrats, Republicans and Business Leaders Agree: CELDF’s Ballot Measures “Ridiculous” and “Irresponsible” Landowner: Fringe Anti-Fracking Activists Tried to Shut Down Wayne Forest Meeting With Dear Governor Brown, Mark Ruffalo Goes from Weakness to Weakness Seven Ways Ban-Fracking Activists Try to Scare You with False Information Oil and Gas Worker Safety: What You Need to Know Study: Junk Science Film ‘Pivotal’ to Anti-Fracking Movement Columbus “Community Bill of Rights” Ballot Measure Fails as Activist Group Submits Thousands of Invalid Signatures Lifting the Curtain on the Pennsylvania Group behind Ohio’s ‘Local’ Anti-Fracking Campaigns Voters for Ballot Integrity Formed to Combat Costly CELDF “Bill of Rights” Analysis: Shale to Bring Over $80 Million in New Tax Revenue to Ohio Counties Athens County Board of Elections Rejects Community Bill of Rights Anti-Fracking “Bill of Rights” Loses Yet Again Ohio DOT Announces Partnership with Energy Company to Fund Bridge Replacement New Harvard Report: Five Ways Shale Development is a Win-Win Natural Gas Fired Power Plants and Pipelines Fuel Jobs and Economic Growth in Ohio It’s Official: Belmont County Selected for New Ethane Cracker that will Create Thousands of Jobs Leading Anti-Fracking Professor: Our Studies are ‘A Form of Advocacy’ Colorado ‘Ban Fracking’ Activists Show Their True Colors Again Shameful: Denver Post Helps Anti-Energy Group Politicize Infant Deaths in Utah ShaleTest Claims on Benzene and Fracking Still ‘Not Scientifically Appropriate’ The Campaign Goes On: ‘Ban Fracking’ Groups Target New Colorado Task Force ‘Gasland’ Star Brings More of the Same to California The Flaming Water Nobody Wants to Acknowledge Gasland Filmmaker Tells Pa. to Kill Jobs and Not Worry about It ‘Gasland’ director attacks the AP in front of sparse crowd in Royal Oak INFOGRAPHIC: Debunking Gasland Part II About That 35 Percent ‘Leakage’ Claim Hydraulic Fracturing Slashes Demand for OPEC Oil Great Day for California, Very Bad Day for Josh Fox Financing the Seeds of Doubt on Shale Financing the Seeds of Doubt on Shale WORC’ed Into A Frenzy About Western Water Debunking Gasland, Part II Will Gasland Sequel Be Based on Same Fallacies as the Original? Fox’s Phony Firewater Frenzy Over Gasland Part II “The Final Ploy of the Desperate” Natural Gas Opponents Guest Blog: The ‘Other’ Side of the Hydraulic Fracturing Debate FrackNation, an Absolute Must See For Natural Gas Supporters FrackNation Targeted By Activists Before It Even Releases FrackNation Hits A Home Run for the Good Guys Thirty Days of Silliness and Scare from the Natural Gas Opposition Something Doesn’t Smell Right: Activist’s Theatrics Fail in Youngstown Key Concessions You’ll Never Hear About in New TEDX Air Report *UPDATE* EID to Fox: How about Including Some Facts in Gasland 2? Gasland Star Sees His Shadow in Michigan; Good News for Shale? AP to Josh Fox: Actually, You’re Wrong “Know” vs “No” – Tales from the Utica Capital Untruths and Consequences; Unless Your Name Is Josh Fox For Josh Fox, the Sun Also Rises A Tale of Two Events Shelly’s Truthland Experience in Her Own Words Mark Ruffalo- High on Hyperbole, Light on Facts Truthland – A Journey of Discovery by One Outstanding Woman Truthland, The Gasland Antidote, Arrives! UB Marcellus Study: The Numbers Don’t Lie The Truth Is Natural Gas Development Is Safe, Responsible and Good for Us Truthland, The Gasland Antidote, Arrives! Shelly’s Truthland Experience in Her Own Words A Call to Action – Truthland Comes to Columbus: Sat., June 16 The Josh Fox Myth – A House of Green Paper Athens County Commission Will Embrace Shale or Stagnation *UPDATE III* Fox, ABC, and Truth in “Journalism” Pavillion Hearing Raises More Questions for EPA Welcome Back, Calvin! UPDATE: Cincinnati Lawmaker “Bungles” the Facts on Fracturing Occupy Youngstown? Marietta Times LTE Distorts Reality of Natural Gas Production in Ohio The Fox Theater of the Absurd Real Experts Sound-Off Before, During, After Tillman Meeting EID Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Gasland Star in Stark Co. ICYMI: Popular Mechanics Busts Several ‘Myths’ about Natural Gas, HF Even a Fox Can Find a Parrot in Albany Zero Points For Originality Gas Odyssey: A Real Teaching Tool, A Beautiful Thing! Something Rotten in Gasland H’burg Patriot-News Steps Up with the Facts on Hydraulic Fracturing MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan to Gasland’s Josh Fox: “I’m not looking to get a propaganda speech from you” Market Rate for Bald-Faced Lies About Hydraulic Fracturing? $7,500. ICYMI: Gasland director lies on national TV EID Statement on Josh Fox, Mark Ruffalo Capitol Hill Press Conference NRDC’s About Face EID to the Academy: Consider GasLand’s “Many Errors, Inconsistencies, Outright Falsehoods” ICYMI – More GasLand Reviews Emerge: “You can’t ignore the evidence that ‘Gasland’ is pure propaganda, not a documentary” Touch ‘Em All: EID Strikes Hard, Fast With the Facts on Gasland’s Oscar Nod EID Statement on GasLand Academy Award Nod: “This nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment” BREAKING: “Shale gas extraction is safe”; Helps Create American Jobs Say Anything Rocky-Mountain Lie: State of Colorado Debunks Josh Fox and GasLand Don’t Worry: We’re with the Band Let’s Talk About Cleavage ICYMI – Marcellus Landowners Put GasLand Under the Microscope ICYMI – Top PA Environmental Regulator Calls GasLand’s Josh Fox A “Propagandist” ICYMI: Toughest Questions on Veracity of GasLand Come from Daily Show’s Jon Stewart No Second Acts for GasLand Debunking GasLand ICYMI — EID Conducts Real-Time Fact Check of GasLand via Twitter Debunked: Day After Washington, DC GasLand Premier, Scientists from PA, NY Deliver Major Blows to Film’s Premise
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