Interview With Josh Fox
It sounds like it was a cathartic experience for you?
Absolutely cathartic; I mean, when I was making it, I started off with just one or two people that I was gonna interview. And then they told two friends and they told two friends and it spiraled. So I think that there's a huge number of people across the country that are waiting to see this. I hope it will be cathartic for the nation.
You know, the natural gas industry has promoted itself as a "clean-burning" alternative to coal. But what I know is that natural gas is actually competing with renewable energy, which is a lot cleaner. And the extraction of natural gas is causing havoc all across America. At the same time, the fact that it's a fossil fuel and the fact that so much natural gas is released into the air when they do the drilling, it's debatable as to whether or not it's better than coal. So, it's a scary thing, and I think it's gonna challenge a lot of people opinions about what natural gas is-or at least domestically produced natural gas through this new hydrofracking technology.
Were people open to talking or were they apprehensive at first?�
The people I interviewed we're incredibly happy to have someone who was willing to listen to their stories because no one had been paying attention. The hardest thing about it was keeping it together; being in somebody's kitchen and having them talk to you about brain damage.
There's one scene in the film where I break down. I'm at a stream that was at some�point flammable. It was the end of a really long day where I had talked to a lot of people who were sick. And I hiked down and went to this stream in Colorado which reminded me of home, and I completely lost it; because we're all in the same boat.
I'm hoping that we don't get drilled in my community, which is still very much on the line as is the whole Delaware River Basin. So is the New York City watershed; still very much on the line. So, now that I know what this really is, I'm absolutely going after trying to stop it.