Award-Winning ‘Gasland’ Documentary Coming to Morgantown

by admin on October 9, 2010

The award-winning documentary “Gasland” will be shown free to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm in the WVU College of Law Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom (directions), Morgantown, W.Va. The screening will be followed by a live Skype Q&A session with filmmaker Josh Fox. Beginning at 5pm there will be a public reception and information tables to browse before the film begins.

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” beneath most of West Virginia. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets and surprises, including contamination and unanticipated health risks. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

Fracking has come to West Virginia, and if you own land, drink water, or breathe air, it’s time to learn how fracking could impact your community. Come see the film, so you can take informed action before it is too late.

Student and citizen groups who want to reserve an information table in the lobby, please contact Kurt Doiron at kurtdoiron(at)gmail(dot)com. Other questions may be directed to Deb Fulton at dfvet(at)aol(dot)com or (304) 864-0044.

The event is sponsored in part by the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the WVU College of Law’s Environmental Law Society.

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