Many apologies to our readers, especially those who sent in questions, but we have had to cancel the planned question and answer session with Josh Fox due to a misunderstanding over publication terms and conditions.
Sorry to all of those who expected to see answers to their questions, but keep watching this blog for the session with Gazprom’s Alexander Medvedev, to be published here on Friday.
And in the meantime, go and see Josh’s film Gasland, before it wins an Oscar and everyone wants a ticket.
Apologies to our loyal Energy Source readers, but we’ve had to delay the Q&A session with Josh Fox. We will post an update on Monday, soon after which (fingers crossed) we will publish the entire session.
Many thanks for all your questions for James Cameron, vice chairman of Climate Change Capital. His answers will appear on this site on Friday, February 4th.
Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of the film the entire natural gas world is talking about: Gasland.
This is your chance to ask Josh all about his experience of making a movie about shale gas; from what resistance he had to overcome from gas companies when making the film, to the truth behind the famous tap-on-fire sequences, to what governments are likely to do to regulate fracking in future.
Email all your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Sunday, February 6th.
Gasland, the environmental documentary about the effects of shale gas extraction, has been nominated for a “best documentary” Oscar.
The makers are, of course, buzzing, but, predictably, gas campaigners are livid. 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.
Ouch. If you have any questions arising from the film, or if there’s anything you would like to ask about shale gas or fracking, watch out for our Energy Source readers’ Q&A with Josh Fox, coming up on February 11th. I’ll advertise it fully nearer the time.
Last night, Gasland, the film that has stoked an intense debate about the ethics of the shale gas boom in the US, premiered here in the UK.
It couldn’t have been better timed – Cuadrilla is due to begin more drilling at its shale gas site near Blackpool later this month. And the Tyndall Centre, in conjunction with the Co-op, helped get the debate moving on this side of the Atlantic with a report calling for a halt to all such drilling while the risk is properly assessed.
But what of the film itself?
Yesterday’s decision by the Obama administration to put a moratorium on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico further intensifies the current debate about hydraulic fracturing, the controversial process by which much of the unconventional gas is being exploited in the US.
The process has been at the centre of the most recent argument between the oil and gas industry and environmentalists since Gasland was released earlier this year, highlighting the effect of some of the chemicals used in extraction. But the argument has gathered pace in the last few days, not least because of the announcement by Ken Salazar (pictured) that he would consider tightening up rules so that companies have to disclose what chemicals are being used to extract the gas.