In 2010, filmmaker Josh Fox explored the possible dangers of the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking in his award-winning documentary Gasland. In response to natural gas and oil drilling becoming one of the fastest growing industries in Pennsylvania, a coalition of southwestern PA groups, including anti-fracking grassroots groups, will host Fox during his Gasland Part 2 opening tour. On June 20th, the film screens at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.
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 “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. 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.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the film starting at 7 p.m. A Q & A with Fox will follow at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. There are no tickets and all seats are first come first served. Donations will be accepted at the door.