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16 February 2011, 4:55 PM
Actor Mark Ruffalo and GASLAND Director Josh Fox speak out on gas drilling
Mark Ruffalo, flanked by Gasland Director Josh Fox and Gasland Producer Trish Adlesic at the film's DVD release party in December

As Oscar season enters full swing, two nominees are taking a break from the action in Hollywood to visit Washington, D.C. tomorrow (Thursday) and educate the public and members of Congress about the dangers of gas drilling. Director Josh Fox is up for a Best Documentary award for GASLAND, a searing indictment of the hazards associated with the controversial gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) – in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to force gas from underground deposits.

Fox is joining Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Ruffalo, whose home in New York's Catskill Mountains is in the path of an gas drilling rush in the Northeast, to make the case on Capitol Hill that Congress needs to step in and protect public health and the environment from risks associated with gas development.

Ruffalo and Fox are being welcomed to DC by Congressmen Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rush Holt (D-NJ), who are spearheading efforts to close oil and gas industry loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act and other laws designed to protect public health.

Earthjustice legislative associate Jessica Ennis is spending the day making the rounds on Capitol Hill with the actor and director. And then in the evening, they’ll bring their message to the public, with a free screening of Fox’s film followed by a panel discussion with Jessica and our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Working Group.

Thanks to Josh, Mark and the work of advocates all over the country, fracking has been catapulted into the national conversation, landing on both a 60 Minutes episode and the CBS crime drama CSI in the span of a single week.

Will this popular attention translate into action in Congress and reforms at the state level? It better. And soon. The millions of Americans whose health and drinking water supplies are at stake don’t have time to waste.

Mr. Fox spoke out on shale gas drilling and each time he spoke local grassroots, 'regular' folks, joined in & raised the volume.

Many of us, across the US, are inspired by Mr. Fox, we're no longer content to sit on the couch and grumble.

Thank you for making Gasland. We're learning the truth and we can handle the truth, it's the drilling industry that prefers fairy tales.

If you're in Pennsylvania, please check out our website,, for facts not industry spin.

Fracking is big business in western North Dakota, but there's a growing movement to stop it! Check out

thanks Josh and Mark for helping us here in pennsylvannia we are in for ther fight of our lives.And to all you out there who diagree REMEMBER EVERYONE IS DOWN STREAM FROM SOMEWHERE
Clarion PA

congratulations and good luck! this evil and insidious industry is in "gold rush" mode here in Australia, and we are "fracking" scared as hell about it all, and trying to get more of the community aware of the danger and issues. There is even a proposal for a mine in a densely populated inner city suburb of Sydney!
Anna, Australia

Go Get Them JOSH!!!!!!!! & MARK!!!

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