"Groundtruthing Academy Award Nominee 'Gasland'"

"The documentary 'Gasland' brought the term 'hydraulic fracturing' into the nation's living rooms. With its sharp and sustained criticism of gas drilling, it highlighted the growing debate that has come with a boom in the country's domestic energy production.

And it's been nominated for an Oscar. ...

The oil and gas industry has not been as supportive as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Industry groups, such as the Independent Petroleum Association of America, have accused Fox of confusing hydraulic fracturing with drilling in general. They allege many other errors, large and small. IPAA's 'Energy In Depth' campaign issued a seven-page rebuttal to the film, called 'Debunking Gasland'. ...

The result is a dust storm of charges and counterclaims. The filmmaker and industry have each made errors and have spun some facts to their outer limits. In an attempt to clear the air before the envelope is opened Sunday night, Greenwire sifted through the claims."

Mike Soraghan reports for Greenwire February 24, 2011.

Friday, February 25, 2011