It's hardly new: but perhaps it is getting a second wind as drilling for shale gas is set to re-commence around Britain. We heralded the potential significance of shale to the economy when the first UK discovery was announced (and discussed it many times since), and it is fast becoming a political dividing-line. From a basic C@W standpoint there is the obvious 'what's not to like?' angle, countered by the inevitable CiF chorus of 'gas = hydrocarbon = wicked'.
In fact it has even more dramatic potential than that. The whole UK / EU decarbonisation policy hinges on the prices of hydrocarbon fuels rising indefinitely: it is, as someone said recently, a gigantic speculative long position. But hey, prices go down as well as up, and (as
Anyhow: you may be seeing Gasland again on a screen near you, and here's what I said in the comments.
Gasland is a rather well-made piece of pure polemic, quite easy on the eye and very beguiling for people who are in the market for an anti-energy diatribe. It is very cavalier (and sometimes outright dishonest) in its use of facts, and full of crafty non-sequiturs which any logician would spot, even if they knew nothing of the detail.
Also, it has bugger-all to do with fracking (which is one of its main non-seqs) - it starts on fracking right enough, but about one-third of the way in then seamlessly segues into just an attack on the practices of the US natural gas industry in general. Somehow, people come away thinking they've seen a devastating case against fracking, but they haven't.
For completeness, let it be said that in some states of the USA there are virtually no environmental regulations at all (or if any, they are not enforced) and so there is a solid body of entirely legitimate attack that can be made on some genuine ongoing life-threatening health-hazards that would not be tolerated anywhere else this side of China. (If anyone disputes this I invite them to move with their families and live in the environs of the refinery belt at the Houston Ship Channel. No? Thought not)
Gasland's valid hits are scored on this ground - but again, this has very little to do with fracking.