What: Gasland Part II
The sequel to Josh Fox’s 2010 documentary continues his muckraking crusade against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a method of extracting natural gas from rock that critics say poses major, insufficiently regulated environmental and health risks.
When: July 8, 8 p.m., HBO (Also available through HBO On Demand and HBO Go):
Though critics fault its technique, they agree that Gasland Part II adds important information to an ongoing debate.
Eric Kohn, Indiewire:
The pileup of examples is unsettling, exhausting and not always cohesive, though Fox certainly makes a good case against the future perils of fracking around the world: A study shows that some 50% of oil and gas well are likely to leak their damaging chemicals into water supplies over the course of three decades.
Verne Gay, Newsday:
Everything and everyone is roped in — all the perpetrators and evildoers, the good folk who have been wronged, the laws that have been subverted and politicians bought off. In Fox’s view, the very foundations of democracy have been fracked with money and greed.
David Hinckley, Daily News:
It may not change the discussion, because environmental issues have fallen down the depth chart of our collective concern the last couple of years. But it’s hard to watch this and not at least wonder whether our push for production might not be the next “solution” that turns out to poison our water. And our children.
Mike Hale, New York Times
It’s hard to take issue with Mr. Fox’s resigned conclusion that economic and political forces will soon spread fracking around the world, no matter how harmful critics say it may be to the environment and our health.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
[P]lays out like a PowerPoint horror movie, with Fox’s ominously downbeat narration again providing unnerving punctuation to the wave of statistics and graphics and stories of lives overturned.