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‘Gasland’ Director Josh Fox: It’s Up to the People to Say ‘No’ to Fracking
In this “Viewpoint” Web exclusive, Josh Fox, environmental activist and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland” — a film about communities negatively impacted by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — continues his conversation with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer on the controversial method of extracting natural gas.
Fox has created what he calls an “emergency film,” “The Sky is Pink” — which you can watch here — about the possible effects of fracking in New York State. Fracking is under review in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering allowing the practice in just a few counties, according to a recent New York Times article.
“I mean, you’re committing yourself to centuries of water treatment,” Fox says of the decision to frack — environmentalists say the practice can lead to the contamination of groundwater. Fox emphasizes that action now can have an effect on whether fracking takes place in New York and elsewhere: ”I have to believe that this is up to the people. When these great environmental laws were passed in the ’70s, it was because we had millions of people in the streets on the first Earth Day. And this is still up to the people. And this is just beginning.”
To learn more about how to get involved in New York State, visit nyagainstfracking.org.