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Film & Discussion: Gasland II

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A coalition concerned about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing of shale to extract natural gas will host the screening of the film. Gasland Part II examines the long-term impact of the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking"), including testimony about poisoned water, earthquakes and neurological damage from people across the globe who say their lives have been irreparably harmed by the drilling process and the toxic waste it produces. This sequel to Josh Fox's highly acclaimed 2010 film Gasland reveals how much higher the stakes have become in the battle against fracking over the past three years. The film argues that the natural gas industry is using its wealth and power to influence government policy on fracking, while buying the silence of countless American homeowners forced to move out of their homes because their water has become too polluted to drink.

The process of fracking requires chemicals added to millions of gallons of water, and much of that fluid flows back to the surface of the earth with added contaminants from the shale that has been fractured, including heavy metals and radioactive elements. According to the film, while the industry claims that their drilling process is safe, thousands of contamination incidents across the United States confirm that it is not.

This showing of Gasland Part II is being co-hosted by the Skylands Sierra Club Group, Transition Newton & NW NJ and Food and Water Watch. Members of the sponsoring organizations will be available to lead discussion and answer questions after the showing of the film, particularly about the impact of fracking on residents of New Jersey.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Donations will be gratefully accepted.