UPDATE: If GASLAND wins the festival, it will show again Sunday at 8:00 PM.
Gas drilling documentary stirs fest audience
Thursday, February 18, 2010
By Lucinda Breeding
One viewer asked Fox about the challenge of working against nondisclosure agreements, which prohibit some landowners from discussing contamination and health effects with media. Fox said the agreements weren’t always about money.
“We found that in some states, people signed nondisclosure agreements in exchange for water,” he said. “When their wells and drinking water were contaminated, the gas companies would rush in and disconnect their wells and replace them with cisterns and tanks in exchange for nondisclosure.
“Some people say that demanding silence in exchange for a basic human right is extortion, not to mention a First Amendment violation. And in some instances, we found that people signed nondisclosure agreements in exchange for two years of water.”
Here are the pictures I promised from last night.