It didn’t take long for a gas-industry trade group to fire back against “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox’s latest short film, which targets Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the state weighs allowing high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
America’s Natural Gas Alliance is out with a statement blasting Fox’s latest effort, an 18-minute piece called “The Sky is Pink.”
Of course, there is a bit of irony here. As part of the film, Fox called out the group and its public-relations firm for their specific media strategy — one that, it could be argued, the alliance employed in its statement.
Here’s the statement from Tom Amontree, executive vice president of America’s Natural Gas Alliance:
“Mr. Fox knows these claims are highly misleading. It is patently clear that he has very little understanding of how natural gas is produced, and despite efforts to educate him, he doesn’t care to know. There are elements of risk in all energy development. However, Mr. Fox routinely disregards the fact that appropriate mitigation methods are used every day. This work is performed by experienced workers and scientists and includes regular pressure and well casing integrity tests and the use of multiple layers of steel and cement casing to seal off the natural gas process from drinking water aquifers. Equally true, the industry employs widely accepted, mainstream scientific methods in the development of this clean, abundant resource in contrast to the scientist in this video, who has been widely rebuked for producing activist work.”
“The natural gas community has been a constructive participant in New York’s efforts to advance responsible development. The state is now in its fifth year of reviewing its policies, seeking public input and studying and visiting other states that currently allow hydraulic fracturing. We urge the state to move forward with responsible and balanced rules permitting development of the New York’s natural gas resource.
“Natural gas is routinely developed in a safe and responsible manner in communities across our country. Our nation’s vast supplies of this American resource is creating jobs, lifting local economies, advancing U.S. energy security and promoting cleaner air. Our companies share a deep commitment to responsible development driven by sound scientific methods and continual innovation.
“This video, like other pieces that are attributable to Mr. Fox, is irresponsible and meant to drive fear. It has no place in credible, science-based discussions about our nation’s energy future.”