Documentary Motion Picture Review
A Film By Josh Fox
Among several awards, the film received a special category award at the Sundance Film Festival, and Robert Redford and Michael Fox are credited with thanks in the credits. It was produced by actress Debra Winger. So, its credentials are exemplary.
Aside from the fact that it shows the incredulous way in which greed, corporations and portions of our own government turn a blind eye to the environmental hazards produced by hydraulic fracturing, the real disappointment to the viewer is the fact that the truths revealed are heart breaking.
In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress to ensure clean drinking water free from both natural and man-made contaminates.
In 2005, the Bush/ Cheney Energy Bill exempted natural gas drilling from the Safe Drinking Water Act. It exempts companies from disclosing the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. Essentially, the provision took the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) off the job. It is now commonly referred to as the Halliburton Loophole.
Well produced by Fox and his staff, the documentary is presented in an easy, unassuming manner and allows the viewer to become part of the action and discussions shown. I give it one of my highest ratings, and recommend seeing it, and hopefully sound a voice for at least making attempts toward changes which might make the process safer. It’s no secret that the country needs the energy produced, but should not be at the expense of people’s health and lives.
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