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Review: 'Gasland Part II' probes a deeper layer in the 'fracking' controversy
The season of summer movie sequels need not apply only to superhero adventures. Apparently environmental documentaries can get in on the action as well, as the haunting and provocative "Gasland Part II" gets a small theatrical release ahead of its airing on HBO in early July. Many people had never heard of "fracking" — a process that uses drilling and high-pressure water to release natural gas from deep underground — until Josh Fox's 2010 documentary "Gasland," which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award. The process, and its health effects on people and impact on local water supplies, has become a point of great contention as it has moved around the country and now the globe, largely pitting environmentalists and grassroots activists on one side and the energy industry on the other.
By Mark Olsen
June 27, 2013