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Aug 5: GASLAND at AIR
Artists Image Resource hosts a free community screening of GASLAND, an eye-opening film about the controversial form of gas drilling called "fracking." We will also hear first-hand accounts of the harmful effects of the fracking going on in Southwestern PA.
6-9 p.m. at Artists Image Resource (AIR), 518 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, PA
About 'fracking"... Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a process to extract oil and natural gas deep within the earth. Drillers blast water, sand and chemicals 8,000 feet into the ground. The natural gas industry says fracking will create jobs and provide cheap energy for decades. But the truth is that fracking poses a serious threat to clean air and water, biodiversity, and the health of our communities. Companies are now drilling, or seeking to drill, all throughout the Marcellus Shale: a region in the Appalachian Basin that includes large chunks of Pennsylvania which contain largely untapped natural gas reserves. And Halliburton – yes, Halliburton – is building a huge outpost in Williamsport, PA to service decades of drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The PA Department of Environmental Protection has granted five permits for fracking sites in Allegheny County. They list two of those sites as "active."
About GASLAND... When filmmaker Josh 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. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."