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.
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Jovan Gonzales says
I WANT TO SEE ITTTTT!!! That's crazy selling your health for a couple years of clean water. Ugh. I can't believe those effing companies. They will do ANYTHING. 🙁 Actually, I take that back, they won't do ANYTHING because they still pollute. They'll only do ANYTHING that benefits them. Bastards.
It is ironic what happened in Denton today after the film. I sent all pictures to our city council, mayor, city manager, EPA, TCEQ, and neighborhood blogs. Go to YOUTUBE range resources in Denton Texas and then scubawithdog and you can see what oil and gas are doing to us on a personal level.
As far as confidential agreements are concernted–it's a sham! We were REQUIRED by our lawyer(yes that's right) to sign one of these far ranging agreements–guess what, we told them to put the document where the "sun doesn't shine". We didn't sign. Then the lawyer flew the coop like buzzards off off of road kill!! This situation needs to be investigated and action need to be taken. Crooked lawyers are involved in this scam.
I wish someone would send this info to politicos in Booger County. I'll bet Big Booger will side with Big Gas 100% of the time. Check me out! Saw in one of the local papers that Encana gave $10,000.00 to the "science fair". Wow!
Go get 'em JOSH! It is a wonderful film. Keep up the good work.
This fight is historical-very important to the future of Texas ans the US. Perhaps will one day be in Tx history books-tho we have more to worry about now than that, I realize.