CHARLESTON, W.Va. – According to national and state observers, West Virginia is not ready to deal with the effects of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Nationally, there has been a 40 percent increase in gas drilling in the last six years, a large part of it in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio.
Documentary director Josh Fox is bringing his film, “Gasland,” to Buckhannon this weekend. While making it, he researched the wave of new drilling in many states.
“Every place I went was the same story: water contamination and citizens outraged, feeling that they were being overrun because they lost control of their property, feeling that they’d lost control of their lives.”