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.