Touch ‘Em All: EID Strikes Hard, Fast With the Facts on Gasland’s Oscar Nod

Yesterday, the HBO film GasLand, produced by Manhattan-based stage director and anti-natural gas activist Josh Fox, was nominated by the Academy Awards for an Oscar in the documentary feature category. Energy In Depth’s Lee Fuller (full EID statement HERE) is quoted in a host of local, regional and national media outlets regarding the nomination, including (our Twitter account, @EnergyinDepth, was also in overdrive yesterday, debunking @gaslandmovie):

  • A Thumbs Down for ‘Gasland’. New York Times (multiple stories): “While it’s unfortunate there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood’s elite,” said Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy In Depth, a pro-drilling group.
  • Gasland nominated for an Oscar. Financial Times. This is the rather cuting response from Energy In Depth, the lobbying group, which has mounted something of a campaign against the film: “While it’s unfortunate there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood’s elite.”
  • Anti-drilling ‘Gasland’ gets Oscar nomination. E&E News. Lee Fuller of the industry group Energy In Depth suggested the film may have been nominated in the wrong category. “It’s unfortunate,” he said, “there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda.”
  • ‘Gasland’ Oscar nomination roils drilling industry. Philadelphia Inquirer: Industry trade groups, which last year set up websites to conduct a point-by-point rebuttal of the film’s allegations, on Tuesday renewed their denunciations. “While it’s unfortunate there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood’s elite,” Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy In Depth, said in a statement.
  • Gasland Documentary Get Oscar Nomination. WICZ-TV (NY). Energy In Depth Executive Director Lee Fuller had different thoughts, “It’s unfortunate that there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda. This nomination is fitting as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood’s elite.”
  • Gasland gets Academy Award nomination. Pittsburgh Business Times. Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy In Depth, a website created by oil and natural gas producers, is among those already on record about the issue. “While it’s unfortunate there isn’t an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood’s elite,” he said in a statement. “Without doubt, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Gasland for its work in the field of art, not science.”
  • ‘Gasland’ nominated for Oscar. Press & Sun Bulletin. Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy In Depth, said “Without doubt, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Gasland for its work in the field of art, not science. “As responsible, job-creating American oil and natural gas development, enabled by environmentally-proven hydraulic fracturing, continues to drive economic growth and strengthen our nation’s energy security, we have a responsibility to appeal to science and facts. This film, however, as a host of independent environmental regulators have confirmed, fails woefully short of these fundamental objectives.”
  • Oscar nomination puts ‘Gasland’ in spotlight. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. John Hanger, secretary of the Pennsylvania DEP, said Gasland is “a fundamentally dishonest film that plays fast and loose with the truth.” He said the film included grossly inaccurate information. … [A Colo. environmental regulatory] report found “no indications” of any impact to Markham’s well from oil and gas operations. … The Oscar nomination drew howls of protest Tuesday from America’s Natural Gas Alliance, which represents 30 natural gas exploration and production companies, and Energy In Depth, an association of industry organizations such as the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.

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