Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process where layers of rock are broken up by a high-pressured fluid to aid in the extraction petroleum and natural gas.  This unsafe process creates countless heath and environmental hazards.

Two artists recently have made work about fracking.  Josh Fox’s documentary, Gas Land, weaves together stories of people who can light their tap water on fire and government hearings that state that fracking is a sound practice.  Martha Colburn’s commissioned animation takes on the horror as well.

The trailer for Fox’s movie can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVKXuZORmvY

– KS