Documentary on Marcellus Shale Drilling Nominated for Oscar

A film about natural gas drilling in Appalachia's Marcellus shale gas field is up for an Oscar.

HBO's "GasLand" is among five nominees for Best Documentary Feature. It portrays the industry as dangerous to human health and the environment, but industry groups say it's full of inaccuracies.

Pennsylvania-born director Josh Fox told West Virginia Public Broadcasting he made the film to raise awareness of the negative impacts. He says everywhere drilling happens, water and air pollution follow.

The Marcellus shale reserve stretches from New York through Pennsylvania, western Maryland, West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

In West Virginia, legislators are wrangling with the industry and the public over how best to regulate the drilling.

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