Friday, April 26, 2013

Josh Fox’s ‘Gasland’ Sequel Opens « Beaver County Blue

Josh Fox’s ‘Gasland’ Sequel Opens « Beaver County Blue: Gasland Part II continues Fox’s exploration by offering textured, in-depth profiles of half a dozen or so families in geographically diverse locations, from Australia, to Wyoming to Pennsylvania. Fox’s camera takes us into the homes of straight-talking folks who worked hard to secure their corner of the heartland.

Over the course of the film, we watch them move from disbelief to indignation to disillusionment, as they learn that no one’s willing to make industries accountable, even when a town loses its water. Texas homeowner Steve Lipsky built a million dollar plus dream home for his wife and family. With ample square footage, the Lipsky home was surrounded by sky-high picture windows, stunning views, and cascading pools. The customized bathroom came complete with an oversized whirlpool tub that now stands empty. Test results showed water so contaminated by nearby fracking activities that EPA officials privately advised the family never to drink it. But in a theme of civilian betrayal that recurs throughout the film, Lipsky claims that mid-level government regulators retracted their findings, rejected key opportunities to rein in the offending companies, and kept revelatory test results locked away from public access.

1 comment:

  1. Does this explain the problem with Barnett and Voelte?

    Overconfidence kills competence

    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki explains researchers have found that incompetent people often over rate their ability, while actual competence weakens self confidence.

    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

    Source: ABC News | Duration: 4min 55sec

    Topics: science-and-technology, australia