Gasland director Josh Fox calls for natural gas moratorium
Film director Josh Fox and actor Mark Ruffalo were in Washington DC earlier this week to bring the film Gasland and their concerns about natural gas industry and practice to Capitol Hill lawmakers.
Opponents say there is little support for EPA authority to regulate hydrolic fracturing under the Clean Drinking Water Act. Fox, Ruffalo, and almost every grassroots organization in every little town in Pennsylvania and New York say there is reason for concern and want more oversight, more regulation, and a moratorium at least until cumulative impact studies can be performed.
Fox at a news conference on Thursday said of President Obama; “The point is, that he has to wake up to this now. We would like to educate him. We would like to bring this to him.”
Actor Mark Ruffalo followed up; “My experience is that anyone who isn’t an ideologue and has a family, they don’t want to be living next to a poison well. They don’t want to have poison water. And that crosses all political spectrums. That’s partially why I am here. I feel like we are divided enough. And I don’t want to divide people. This is a subject that I think is a uniting subject.”
“If hydraulic fracturing is so safe, why is the industry so afraid of letting the EPA make sure? If the chemicals they are using aren’t seeping into people’s drinking water, why is the industry so afraid of a requirement that they tell us what they are injecting into the ground?” said Democratic Representative Maurice Hinchey from New York.