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Mark Ruffalo has some fracking complaints for Capitol Hill

February 15, 2011 - 02:01 PM
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Colin Firth has nothing to do with this fracking story.

The term "fracking" is perhaps best known as a fictional curse word invented by the TV series Battlestar Galactica, but the more intelligent among us — I'm not including myself here — know that it's also shorthand for hydraulic fracturing, a controversial form of natural gas drilling that involves blasting "millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to force natural gas from underground deposits." That's a quote from a press release today from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which announced that Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) will come to D.C. on Thursday to "talk about efforts to close oil and gas industry loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act." Apparently, Ruffalo's home in New York's Catskill Mountains "is in the path of a gas drilling rush," and Fox, no doubt, wants to raise his doc's profile in this final week before Oscar ballots are due (or maybe he wants to distract us from challenges to his film's veracity).

Here's the schedule of their media blitz, which includes a screening at the E Street Cinema:

10 a.m.: Fox, Ruffalo, and congressmen Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rush Holt (D-NJ) will gather at the House Triangle.

7 p.m.: Gasland screening at the E Street. (No word yet on whether this is open to the public — but if it's not, how absurd.)

8:45 p.m.: Q&A with representatives from NRDC, Earthjustice, and Environmental Working Group.

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