EID Statement on Josh Fox, Mark Ruffalo Capitol Hill Press Conference

WASHINGTON – At a Capitol Hill press conference today, a small group of critics opposed to the responsible development of job-creating American oil and natural gas – including U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), actor Mark Ruffalo, and GasLand filmmaker Josh Fox – are poised to renew calls for a one-size-fits-all, federal takeover of hydraulic fracturing, a 60 year-old energy stimulation technology used to enhance 90 percent of the nation’s onshore wells.

Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy In Depth, issued this statement regarding the event:

“It’s clear that this event, scripted by a Hollywood publicist one week before the Academy Awards, is focused on achieving staged drama and inside-the-beltway chatter about a ‘documentary’ that’s been debunked in its entirety.

“Refusing to engage in a fact and science-based dialogue, New York City stage director Josh Fox, his Hollywood friends, and a few congressmen are more concerned with stunts and scare tactics than working to address critical energy security issues. The American people deserve and expect nothing less than a serious discussion and common sense solutions regarding national energy policy, not tired, misleading talking points from Hollywood elite who’ve never been on a drilling rig.

“American natural gas and oil production must absolutely be done safely and in way that protects our environment and water. And for more than 60 years, state governments have ably and effectively regulated hydraulic fracturing. Energy-producing states, who understand their unique geology best, have inspectors and expert scientists in place to ensure that fracturing is done safely not impact groundwater.

“EPA is once again studying hydraulic fracturing, and we support a straightforward, scientific examination of this environmentally proven technology. Input from state regulators, natural gas and oil producers, scientists and other independent stakeholders will be critical to this undertaking’s objectivity, and ultimately its success.

“Any congressional efforts to give EPA outright authority to regulate fracturing – which could hamper American energy production and job growth – would be absolutely premature until this study is completed and thoroughly peer-reviewed.”

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