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Gasland director Josh Fox calls for natural gas moratorium

February 20, 2011

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.

Josh Fox, director of the documentary "Gasland" wants President Barack Obama to order a nationwide moratorium on natural gas drilling that uses a procedure called hydraulic fracturing. Fox spoke at a news conference Thursday, Feb. 17 outside the U.S. Capitol. / GANNETT

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.

  1. Donna Millay permalink
    March 3, 2011 3:39 pm

    I am sitting here watching the HBO documentary “GASLAND” I am crying and sick to my stomach. Why isn’t our government doing anything about this?? We all need to come together and PROTEST. AND DO IT NOW!!! My God, what are we doing that is more important than getting the attention of our goverment officials to deal with the dangers of these Gas drilling sites. What the heck is the EPA for if they are not responding to cleaning this up and at the expense of the Gas company, not the tax payers. We need to literally camp out on the White House steps and not budge until they do something,

    • Kristian Boose permalink
      March 3, 2011 3:51 pm

      Amen Donna! Have you read the latest New York Times article? It details the struggle the EPA is having and has had with battling the political will. It’s great investigative journalism and shines a brilliant spotlight on the entire situation. Hopefully it helps motivate change.

      We’ll have a post on the blog about it tomorrow morning but no need to wait for that. 🙂


  2. Cynthia Carrera permalink
    May 4, 2011 7:03 pm

    I am really concerned Range Resourses are building the first Horizontal Marcellus gas well in Venango County Oil City Pa. 16301 There are people with wells all around and the river is only 5 miles down the road. Really Really concerned. From what I am told there is nothing we can do to stop it. They didn’t start drilling but the trailers are there and the blue trucks were coming in today. Just hope and pray my well and surounding wells do not get contaminated.

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