Oscar Nominee Josh Fox Speaks Out About Gas Lobby’s Efforts to Crush His Film
It seems that it might be smarter to test something like the casing tubes at a pressure that is 3 times what is used out in the field and not 1/3 times the pressure, but Josh Fox indicates “that the tube casings are failing. And when I learned about the way the casings are tested — the lack of regulations on them — it’s amazing. The companies test the strength of their tubes by applying 7,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. But when they’re inserted into the ground and used for fracking, the casings have to withstand up to 20,000 pounds per square inch. So, is it any wonder that they’re failing? How could the companies possibly reassure us that their tubes are safe if they’re not even testing them at full capacity? It’s ridiculous and really dangerous.”
Gas Land director Josh Fox was nominated for an Oscar and recently talked with Huffington Post’s Joshua Kors about many topics including lack of adequate rules and regulations, health effects on people’s lives, and the ruffling of the gas industry’s feathers. Fox shares that the gas industry attacked him head on and “put up an essay detailing the ‘errors’ in the film. Everything they said was 100 percent false. It was a smear campaign. If anybody wants to read it, we put a point-by-point rebuttal to their rebuttal on our website.”
A large part of the industry’s response to films, facts, and study is to put out films and statistics of their own. In this unsettling film, a natural gas company employee from Encana demonstrates to young children how gas is drilled using the mediums of talking down to them, and everyone’s favorite….sugar. It’s difficult to get kids to pay attention like this so they must’ve been allowed to dive in and eat that cup cake display once the presentation was finished. Promotional video? Educational film? Propaganda film? You decide for yourself. Whatever it was intended as, it’s fairly disturbing.