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.