Gasland 2: Asking more questions

By Erika Mahoney

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly three years after Gasland debuted and sparked debate on the motives and effects of America's natural gas industry, director Josh Fox continues the conversation in Gasland 2.

Fox was among the hundreds of people who came out Wednesday for the documentary's premiere showing in the county that many consider ground zero for gas drilling.

Gasland 2 tells the stories of families who have been directly affected by hydrofracking.

The director, Josh Fox, traveled to Colorado, Texas, Pennsylvania and even Australia to depict what happens when hydrofracking becomes a backyard reality.

Viewers see the impacts of fracking on the air, land, water, humans and culture.

Opening shots of the BP oil spill in 2010 turn to a Gulf Coast mom talking about how the accident has affected her family's daily lives.

It's just one of Fox's many examples of how he says the gas industry has upended some Americans.

The film takes the analysis a step further than its prequel by investigating the role of government in the expansion of the natural gas industry.

Fox asks why the government hasn't reacted to hyrdrofracking.

"Why, with all this outcry, with all this controversy, with all the very, very clear science reporting on the subject, and how harmful this is to Americans, and how harmful these multi-national oil companies are when they come in to do their fracking ... why hasn't the government reacted?" Fox asked.

His answer: Money, and the power of money to push public health under the rug.

It was this message that viewers really responded to Wednesday.

"It's truly driven by power and trying to boost the economy," said Maria Murphy, a college student. "They're not focused on the well being of humans, they're not focused on how this going to affect people."

A Chenango Forks mom and educator said she hopes the documentary helps everyone realize it's time to stop what she describes as a downward spiral of destruction for future generations.

"I don't think that anyone's legacy would like to be 'I sold out so that I could have another airplane, another car, a better vacation,'" Murphy said. "A legacy of leaving the environment as good or better is what I would hope we would step up and do."

New York Residents Against Drilling member Donald Glauber says while it may be unclear what will happen in New York -- and even more so, in other parts of the country -- he's proud those against drilling in the empire state have made their voices clear.

"I have great hopes because of how much challenging pressure there's been to Gov. Cuomo that he is going to do the right thing," Glauber said. "And he's taken some steps, some powerful stands on behalf of what seems to be right and safe for our future, so I really hope he watches this film carefully as well."

The screenings of Gasland 2 are set to continue in other states affected by hydrofracking.

It will air July 8 on HBO.