Watch Josh Fox’s new short film, Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law, here

Josh Fox, the creator of Gasland and Gasland 2, has released a new short film on the dangers of fracking jobs. The film is entitled Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law.

You can watch it below.

One of the great benefits of oil and gas drilling, according to its proponents, is the creation of new jobs in the communities where drilling occurs. But, according to Fox, many of these jobs are extremely dangerous, exposing workers to chemicals with unknown long-term impacts on human health. The fatality rate of oil field jobs in seven times greater than the national average.

Fox’s new film investigates worker safety and chemical risk. It follows Charlotte Bevins in her fight for CJ’s law, a bill to protect workers, named for her brother CJ Bevins, who died at a drilling site.

The film interviews workers who have been asked to clean drill sites, transport radioactive and carcinogenic chemicals, steam-clean the inside of condensate tanks which contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and have been told to do so with no safety equipment.

Oil and Gas industry response
The oil and gas industry has responded quickly. They were hurt badly by the public outrage generated by Fox’s earlier films. According to a new study published in the October print issue of American Sociological Review, “screenings of Gasland in different locations had an effect on the mobilization of local campaigns agains the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing; in turn, those local mobilizations made local policymakers significantly more likely to take action to ban the practice of fracking.”

Just as they produced FrackNation to rebut the claims of Gasland and Gasland 2, they have released GasHoax to rebut Fox’s claims in Gaswork. Phelim McAleer, who made both films, says Gaswork is “a zero credibility film because it comes from filmmaker Josh Fox, who has a history of health hoaxes regarding fracking.”

You can watch McAleer’s film here.

Watch these films, review the evidence on this site about health impacts (including last week’s study on the impact of fracking on pregnant mothers), review the studies themselves, and make your own decisions about the need for regulation to protect workers and residents from the negative impacts of oil and gas drilling.

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About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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One Response to Watch Josh Fox’s new short film, Gaswork: The Fight for C.J.’s Law, here

  1. Lt. Colonel (Retired, US Army) Richard Liebert says:

    Glad this is posted, I’ve seen the trailer and an area of concern for those doing the grunt work. Check out former Governor Brian Schweitzer’s new book ‘Power UP’, an appeal for a clean energy economy and I met the Governor in Great Falls at the book signing, and great points in the book except in my opinion his support for the XL Pipeline, with the rational that it’s essentially NORTH American crude, not from petro-dictator and sheiks in the Middle East (He’s right about NO Blood for Oil) and little disregards for the environmental devastation to our neighbors up North on the Athabasca River, which has been severely polluted and First Peoples again ‘invaded’.
    In any event, I think there’s a lot more to agree on in the book than not.

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