I haven’t seen Josh Fox’s Gasland, but I have seen the video clip where he lights water coming out of a tap. Now, thanks to legal action taken by him and his lawyers fewer people will be able to see it. Why would he do that?
Note: Fox is so nervous about his misrepresentation that Vimeo has now been pressured to take the video down. However you can still see it here
Well it turns out that Fox was exaggerating. The tap that he filmed igniting had been doing that before gas extraction in that area. He was confronted on this point by film maker Phelim McAleer who then shot his own short online documentary on Fox’s deception. The documentary used a smidgin of Fox’s film and was posted on YouTube.
But you can’t see it on YouTube now because they have taken it down in response to a claim by Fox that it breaches copyright.
That’s odd. You can still watch it in Vimeo (see above), and I can’t see that it breaches copyright. See what you think.
And if it does breach copyright, then why have Fox and YouTube allowed all these other excerpts from the film to remain on YouTube? And why is it still hosted on Vimeo?
My conclusion is that Fox’s film is not to be taken seriously. Nor is Fox.