“When the gas industry sent an open letter this month to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences demanding it revoke its best documentary nomination for the gas-drilling exposé Gasland, many seemed surprised by this brazen missive.
Gasland director Josh Fox wasn’t one of those people.
“What this points to is the culture of that industry, which is bullying, which is aggressive, which is outlandish in their tactics, which will stop at nothing,” Fox told AlterNet during a nearly hour-long interview.
The Oscar nomination, of course, ensures wider attention to the dangers of the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on our nation’s water supply, air quality and overall impact on citizens’ health.
Gasland already won the prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and debuted on HBO last summer. The film’s Facebook page boasts 40,000 followers — which Fox said is “like a news ticker of gas drilling contamination stories” — with people linking to the latest reports of poisoned aquifers, sickened citizens and calls for drilling moratoriums, as well as first-person accounts of those living in the gaslands.
Fox and actor/activist Mark Ruffalo stormed Capitol Hill a few days ago, garnering heightened national attention to the issue as they called for an immediate federal moratorium on natural gas drilling.”
Read more: AlterNet