Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | February 28, 2011 9:00 am

CM already discussed Gasland, and I want to encourage readers to check out another film called Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future. This documentary explores the discovery of the largest natural gas field in the United States – a 170-trillion cubic foot reserve located in northwestern Louisiana. Director Gregory Kallenberg and producer Mark Bullard followed three residents whose lives are dramatically affected by the “Haynesville Shale” in ways they could not have imagined.

A single mom takes up the defense of her community’s environmental protections, an African American preacher attempts to use the riches to build a Christian school and a salt-of-the-earth, self-described “country boy” finds himself conflicted as he weighs losing his land to an oil company’s offer to make him a millionaire.

They also interview environmentalists, scientists, and oil and gas industry experts throughout the movie. Haynesville recently premeired on CNBC and (full disclosure) I know the filmmakers. It’s well-worth watching and provides an interesting look at the socioeconomic factors and people beyond the headlines.


Comments (2)

  1. Chris

    ahhhh…. astroturfing at its best!

    I sincerely appreciate your full disclosure that you know the filmmakers though.

    This film is an attempt to greenwash natural gas and fracking into appearing clean and renewable while they couldn’t be farther than either.

    Short term promises of riches and profits from the oil and gas companies come at a very high price – the inability to drink the water from below your property. Choose wisely. Your neighbor drinks from the same water table as you do… educate them before they’re dooped into poisoning your water. Watch the 2011 Oscar nominated, “Gasand,” for what happens a year or 5 down the line after your property is fracked.

  2. Wade

    Chris your an idiot! You don’t know what you’re talking about. Fracking in the Haynesville area is over two miles below ground. No drinking water contamination has been seen in the area and they have been fracking for sometime.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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