Prompted by an offer of $100,000 for drilling rights to his property in the Delaware River Basin, Josh Fox set off on a journey to discover what exactly the money might cost him, and the rest of the country. Fracking is a term for hydraulic fracturing, the type of natural gas drilling that involves subterranean explosions that release the gas to make it easier to gather. In this documentary, Josh Fox visits families whose farms and homes have been affected by this process. Most farmers, after all, live where they work.
Josh takes the viewers on a journey rife with impassioned testimonials as he gathers evidence and political foes and allies. While most environmental documentaries focus on the effects human processes have on wildlife, few focus on the effects those same processes have on people.
Josh Fox does just that with Gasland, offering us an in depth look at the real and very human costs of easy energy.