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Josh Fox: Muckraker or Propagandist?

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Josh Fox at the Academy Awards

Josh Fox is a prominent opponent of natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. His anti-drilling documentary, Gasland, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011.

 

Fox began filming the movie when drillers approached him about leasing out his family’s northeastern Pennsylvania land.

Gasland has become a rallying point for anti-drilling activists, and energy companies have mounted an aggressive public relations campaign against the film,  questioned its factual basis.

Fox has remained at the forefront of the anti-drilling fight, and led a sit-in protest at Governor Corbett’s office in June 2011. He’s reportedly filming a sequel to the film.


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