Filmmaker Josh Fox became famous for his 2010 documentary Gasland that ran on HBO.
Anti-fracking activist Fox will be in Columbus this weekend for a big grass-roots protest against hydraulic fracturing or fracking. That includes a Sunday rally and march to the Ohio Statehouse by more than 1,000 protestors.
The pro-drillers will also be in Columbus on Saturday for the Ohio premiere of the new film Truthland, an anti-Gasland documentary film.
Fox is, in effect, a industry target this weekend, along with author-activist Bill McKibben.
Fox says he is not deterred from continuing to speak out against fracking.
He said he considers the new film part of a continuing "smear campaign" by the drilling industry.
Fox, who still lives in northeast Pennsylvania where drilling is under way into the Marcellus shale, said he considers fracking to be "very dangerous and an activity that is inappropriate where people live."
He added, "Fracking has caused a health crisis everywhere it goes."
The Columbus protest is significant amd will tell politicans that people are concerned and worried, Fox said in a telephone interview.
He said he is especially troubled by politicans who are "selling out their own people....That's the real tragedy."
Fox added, "You can't live around this stuff. It's bad for your health.....I know what it's like to be in the target zone. It's not nice."
America, he said, needs to move away from fossil fuels like natural gas and coal.
The new 35-minute film is designed to counter the "campaign of misinformation" advanced by fracking opponents like Fox and McKibben, says Mike Chadsey of Energy in Depth-Ohio.
Here's part of what he had to say about Truthland on the EID-Ohio blog:
"The premiere comes at a pivotal time in the conversation here in Ohio on how best to develop our state’s abundant natural resources
"As the title would suggest, Truthland is a response to the myths and distortions that play a leading role in the HBO documentary Gasland. But more than just setting the record straight via a new (for our industry) and compelling medium, what makes the film so interesting to watch is the star of the film herself: a mother and farmer from Pennsylvania named Shelly, who, shortly after watching Gasland, sets out on a cross-country tour in search of facts (including a stop here in Ohio) -- meeting a number of colorful characters along the way (and also some pretty knowledgeable experts).
"While it’s unfortunate that propaganda films such as Gasland have had such an impact on the public conversation, our efforts in separating fact from fiction remain imperative. As we convene with family and friends in Columbus to support an industry that is driving Ohio’s economic recovery, just down the road those who oppose oil and natural gas development will be gathering to promote the same distortion of fact that has clouded the truth about our state’s long and proud tradition of safe, responsible energy production.
"... But the star of the film herself – Shelly (DePue) – will be joining us for the day’s proceedings, along with a panel of Ohio experts who will lay out the facts and science behind the development here in the state. For this reason, we ask you to invite other friends and supporters for an afternoon of family fun...good food and good cheer for a good cause -- supporting the industry that supports Ohio and its economy.
"As Josh Fox, Bill McKibben and the rest of their out-of-state buddies descend upon Columbus to advance their campaign of misinformation, we can stand together to ensure fact is separated from fiction, and the continued climb back to Ohio’s prosperous days continue," Chadsey said.
Energy in Depth and Fox have long battled with both sides offering their views on dueling Web sites.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.