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1/14/2011 —

 

LOCAL RESIDENTS TURN OUT FOR
FILM ABOUT NATURAL GAS DRILLING

"Our headlong, 'at any cost' rush into harvesting
deep shale natural gas resources is not logical and it is incredibly short-sighted."
--Bill Hamiliton, Apollo, Pa.

Nearly 60 community residents braved the snow and ice Jan. 20 to attend the screening of "Gasland," at Penn State New Kensington. The award-winning documentary Pennsylvania resident Josh Fox detailed the process of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale layers, and focused on the impact of natural gas drilling on communities across the country. Small group discussions followed the film.

"The film was incredibly effective in its description of an individual's attachment to an area that is likely to be impacted by gas drilling and also in its portrayal of ordinary people across the country whose health and well being have been severely impacted by gas exploration technologies," said Bill Hamilton, assist professor of biology at the campus and a resident of Apollo. "Our headlong, 'at any cost' rush into harvesting deep shale natural gas resources is not logical and it is incredibly short-sighted."

Written and directed by Fox, the documentary is a response to an offer by a natural gas company to lease Fox's land in Milanville, Pa. to drill for gas. Milanville is located in the northeast section of the commonwealth, near the New York border. In an effort to become more informed on extracting process, Fox embarks on a cross-country odyssey to learn about the risks of Marcellus Shale gas drilling, especially method known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, and its adverse effects on the health and well being of local residents. The movie earned numerous awards, including "U.S. Documentary Special Jury Film Prize" at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

The film was sponsored by Concerned Citizrns from Upper Burrell, an affiliate of the Sierra Club.
For more information, call 724-337-7470 or 724-339-1652.

To view the movie trailer, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8


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