Josh Fox released the documentary, Gasland in June 2010. Later nominated for an Oscar, the film was that of an accidental activist who received a letter from a natural gas company offering him approximately $100,000 to drill for gas on his family’s land in Pennsylvania. Unsure of the consequences of such an act, Fox took a camera and began exploring the effects of the practice on other residents in the Marcellus Shale, which lies beneath much of Pennsylvania and western New York, and across the USA. The results were staggering.
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” remains an ongoing issue in the United States. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo is currently assessing a proposal that would allow drilling in a number of communities in New York state. If the decision were passed to allow fracking in the state it would reverse the current moratorium on permits there. In response to this proposal, Fox has released an 18-minute short documentary, The Sky is Pink online.
Fox terms this latest documentary on the subject of fracking, “an emergency short film from Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland addressing the urgent crisis of drilling and fracking in New York state”. He calls for viewers to get involved, something that is addressed directly in the film. More people have mobilised on this particular environmental issue than any other in the state’s history. Hydraulic fracturing is a concern not just in the USA, but also in Australia as identified by Fox in the film. As an activist filmmaker he has been attacked by those he questions - namely the natural gas industry - for his tactics. This film is further proof he has not been deterred from his investigation on this issue.
Read an interview with Josh Fox here.
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