Follow producer Mira Dutschke and director Jeffrey Barbee around the world as they uncover the facts about this controversial business, and why it affects us all. Secret fracking operations have been conducted in Africa’s most protected National Parks. The team uncovers these operations and brings hard evidence to light that startles policy makers. This is the international underbelly of the energy business, but there is hope.
Watch the first ten minutes of the film:
The struggle over natural gas development rages on in countries around the world…
…but in Botswana natural gas companies quietly and without public input began drilling in sensitive wilderness areas. Until now only a few industry press releases have been made public, this is the first journalistic investigation to cover this breaking story.
The High Cost of Cheap Gas in Southern Africa – Open Society Foundations
The High Cost of Cheap Gas is profiled on national TV program 50/50.
A 50/50 interview with the director Jeff Barbee.
DOWNLOAD: The proof of fracking in Botswana used for this report. -Please credit High Cost of Cheap Gas if used.
About the filmmakers
Jeffrey Barbee works for Global Post, LinkTV.org and the UK Guardian. His work appears in the New York Times, the BBC, NOS Tv Holland, Smithsonian Magazine, RTL News, PBS, CBS, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair.
Mira Dutschke has a masters degree in Human Rights Law and 10 years international research experience. Currently she is producing media investigating human rights and environmental issues.
Barbee’s and Dutschke’s last film, Creating a Climate for Change won best environmental film at the Colorado Film Festival in 2012.
Quotes from the film:
Energy Consultant, Colorado, U.S.A
“The gas industry loves to talk about clean burning natural gas. Well, it’s clean when it gets to you but there is a trail of devastation that the gas industry leaves all the way back to the gas well. “
Landowner: 200 wells on property, New Mexico, USA
“The well-heads are leaking, the pits have overflowed, they’re un-lined, and they seep into the water sources and into the springs. That was the main thing that caused us to quit ranching – it’s because our water’s contaminated”.
Community Activist, Botswana
“Look at our country – it is still a developing country. If you bring gas companies like this they have destroyed and did bad things in the US what about Botswana? What will happen here? It’s going to be a mess.”
Unconventional Gas Development Manager
Sasol, Johannesburg, South Africa
“The really nice thing that I think about CBM is that, there’s lots of opportunities for sustainable development and minimal impact and it’s a clean energy resource. So, I mean, what more do want?” mean it’s great, so…?
Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research University of Colorado
“We have seen in our measurements that is that very likely this region will see significant increases in atmospheric contaminate levels. Every oil and gas development region that we have sampled those studies overwhelmingly show that the oil and gas just inherently is tied to very significant emissions of hydrocarbons.
Treasure Karoo Action Group
“The jobs are completely unsustainable. They are for specialized people and the economics of shale gas is showing that the sustainability and depletion rate of the well is that it’s a very short-term thing and a short-term benefit.”
Cullinan and Associates
“There is no question that environmental degradation hurts the poorest of the poor much more than it hurts anybody else. When developments like fracking are proposed the response that you get is that it creates jobs but frankly it depends what kind of jobs. There is no benefit in my view in creating jobs, which harm society” Green Planet Films