Filmmaker Josh Fox released a short documentary, dubbed “The Sky is Pink,” about the energy sector’s campaign for natural gas and criticisms about his Oscar-nominated film Gasland.
The 18-minute film, which was released this summer, talks about the industry’s use of advertising campaigns that are intended to persuade residents to supporting hydraulic fracturing.
Fox faced heavy criticism from the energy industry who claimed his movie was riddled with mistakes that left viewers with a skewed version of fracking. His latest film didn’t escape further criticism from the public.
“Faced with what’s become a mountain of evidence and steady stream of credible testimonials that directly contradict just about every single thing he says, Fox has decided to double-down on his thesis, continuing to fly around the country with an eye on promoting his upcoming sequel to Gasland,” Energy in Depth, a group funded by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said in a rebuttal blog post.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, became a controversial issue after Gasland was released in 2010. The process involves injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to release trapped natural gas and oil.
Critics have said the process can contaminate water supplies, cause earthquakes and have long-term health effects. The industry has disputed those assertions, saying the process has been done safely for decades.
In his latest film about the industry, Fox talks about the industry’s reaction to criticism and reports about potential health and environmental effects from fracking. Specifically, the film talks about the future of drilling in New York.
More than 30 municipalities in upstate New York have passed bans on gas drilling, prompting legal threats from companies hoping to tap the Marcellus Shale in the region.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has faced increasing pressure from supporters and opponents to make a statewide decision on natural gas drilling. Opponents of drilling recently rallied in Washington, D.C., urging Cuomo to ban the process.
Fox is set to release a sequel to Gasland later this year. No release date has been set.