Oscars: "Gasland" director and movie star take on Washington
A scene from the documentary "Gasland."
February 27th, 2011
01:57 PM ET

Oscars: "Gasland" director and movie star take on Washington

A man who lives in Colorado sticks a lighter under his kitchen faucet. He places the flame into the streaming tap water, and a ball of fire leaps up, nearly burning him.

"This is something we did over and over again in gas drilling areas," said documentary filmmaker Josh Fox. His movie "Gasland," nominated for an Academy Award, contains interviews with people from across the United States who say a new form of natural gas drilling has threatening consequences. Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo has joined Fox. Ruffalo lives in New York, which began to take a close look at fracking last year.

An animation of the fracking process, and the stories of people who say it is ruining their lives, can be found in CNN's special coverage on the issue.

Read more about documentaries nominated for a golden statue Sunday.

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  1. FRANK

    People of the United States of America,
    If water can catch fire coming out of your tap anywhere in this country,somebody in the Local,State and Federal Government needs to go to jail for letting this happen and worse not fixing the problem.I cannot believe(but can) how this type of thing is allowed to happen.God Bless this film marker,I hope he wins something for this film.

    February 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

    people underestimate the power of gas.. one night i seen a buddy of mine light a beer-fart on fire.. well the explosion was so great that the flames went thru his pants and lit his butt-hair on fire.. he got 2nd degree burns and we had to take him to the hospital..

    February 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Her-maph-ra-dite-tees (Mytological Greek God/Godess of unnatural perversion and pleasures)

    Where are you my little ruffnutts ? ...... Would you like me to consult the oracle of Delphi...... For you..... ? The oracle knows and see all....... It even knows that you are hung like a seven yr old boy...... Its ok what you're lacking down there I more than make up for with my own 10 incher....... And my breasts are a 31 DD with my 5 1/2 inch heels with black boots up to my thighs...... And blazing red hair ....Are'nt you curious to see me BIG-BOY.......!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. pablo

    I want to see you Goddess

    February 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Whiplash sez

    It's the end of the world as we know it, and i feel fine...

    March 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CalmTheFlameWar

    The water in this area has been catching fire centuries before the fracing started. Please look at all of the facts before you put so much weight into a movie. http://anga.us/truthaboutgasland?gclid=CIGrlOq7rKsCFQ1U7AodZDiT7g

    September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |