Play Grounds, depicts Montrose, Pennsylvania, a rural community on the front lines of the natural gas revolution, and the local residents who have been transformed by the industry. In Montrose, numerous household water supplies have been contaminated, traditional farmers are concerned for the safety of their products, and families have begun to invest in expensive air-to-water technology in order to monitor the quality of their drinking water. The surrounding Susquehanna County, holds the highest number of drilling violations in the state of Pennsylvania.
Hydraulic fracturing, the process for extracting natural gas, injects large amounts of water, chemicals, and sand over a mile beneath the earth's crust to release gas. In the United States, the process benefits from a unique exemption from aspects of the Safe Drinking Water Act.