Director Josh Fox’s documentary on natural gas drilling, “Gasland,” didn’t win an Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards program, but gas drilling critics today are still pumped: The New York Times kicked off a series of articles on the gas drilling industry with this lengthy and hard-hitting story: “Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers.”

The New York reporters scoured thousands of documents obtained from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators, and drillers that “show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.”


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Local activist Don Young is one of many who are praising the article in what many consider the nation’s most prestigious newspaper.

“Because of its super-high profile, I consider it a milestone report in this ongoing war of words between a corrupt industry and the rest of us,” he said.