We watched Gasland last night, a film about natural gas drilling with a big focus on the industry in PA. I think documentaries are a crappy way to learn about a topic unless you already have strong background knowledge of the topic, or if the documentary is semi-unserious and apolitical. There’s just too much a director can leave out, and a ton of nuance that gets lost for the sake of entertainment.
That said: Gasland seemed like a fairly even-handed attempt. There was a lot of flaming faucets, brain damage and cases of environmental destruction. The scary part is that no one seems to give a crap about natural gas drilling in PA. There isn’t sufficient regulation, oversight or taxation in place. There’s a huge natural resource below the ground of a handful of Mideastern states—which philosophically, belongs to all of us—and it’s being extracted with little regard for the environment or the people who suffer the consequences of drilling on their land.
See also: What the Frack!