Industry Group Wants Gasland Pulled From Oscar Vote

The documentary Gasland is up for an award at this year's Oscars. The gas industry that it criticizes wants the film removed from consideration. The Allegheny Front's Ann Murray has more.

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The documentary Gasland is up for an award at this year's Oscars. The gas industry that it criticizes wants the film removed from consideration. The Allegheny Front's Ann Murray has more.

MURRAY: The Los Angeles Times reports that Oscar voters better bone up on the concept of "fracking." The Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland spotlights concerns about the environmental impacts of this gas drilling practice. A group that represents oil and gas producers hopes members of the Academy won't get the chance to vote for the film. Energy in Depth has sent a seven page letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The letter spells out what the group says are the film's inaccuracies and asks for Gasland to be pulled from the list of nominated documentaries.

Josh Fox, Gasland's writer and director says Energy in Depth began complaining about the film when it aired last summer on HBO.

FOX: The industry has been criticizing the film for the past six months. And every one of their concerns has been refuted on our web site in a point by point rebuttal.

MURRAY: Gasland has been screened by community groups in 100 cities and shown to members of Congress and the US EPA.

For The Allegheny Front, I'm Ann Murray.