Thursday, April 28, 2011

Movie Review: Haynesville fails to adequately cover fracking chemical controversy

By Rick Barett for Environmental News Network

The movie Haynesville, directed by Gregory Kallenberg, interviews many different experts who indicate the need to move towards alternative energy and the role natural gas can play in generating energy when the winds aren’t blowing and the sun is not shining. Unfortunately, there is presently no economical way to store electricity in large amounts. The movie covers some environmental concerns but does not explore the controversy over the potential for the chemicals used in the fracturing process to pollute underground water tables. This subject is being presently reviewed by many governmental agencies.

In sum, Haynesville is a good primer on the merits and pitfalls of shale gas, but the viewer will want to pursue additional sources for a more comprehensive perspective.

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