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FREE Sundance Prize Winning Film Screening
October 26, 2011, 2:29 pm
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Sundance Prize Winning Film Screening In Baltimore

Gasland Movie Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, November 1, 2011  6 – 9 p.m.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore
Wheeler Auditorium – 3rd floor

Did you know that you are standing on top of the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and natural gas drillers want to start hydrofracturing (fracking) Maryland’s shale today.

But is fracking safe? Could fracking chemicals find their way into the Susquehanna and Potomac rivers and poison the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area’s water supply? Gasland chronicles a controversial topic about your family’s drinking water right here in Baltimore. 

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 through our country’s natural gas drilling world, now dubbed Gasland. Josh Fox will lead a lively post-movie discussion sharing his experiences and news of the Gasland 2 sequel.

Why does this matter to you?

Hydrofracturing, a.k.a fracking, has been on fire in Pennsylvania and other states. Oil companies are knocking on Maryland’s door to drill for natural gas in Western Maryland. Fracking is a way to release the impossible-to-find gas buried miles down in the Marcellus shale.  Oil companies shoot water and toxic chemicals into the shale and bring the natural gas and the fracking water and chemicals back to the surface.  

Coming to a faucet near you?

Knowing the facts about fracking is important because the Susquehanna River, which runs through Pennsylvania’s fracking fields (5,000+ wells), is the Baltimore-area’s back-up water source. Because Baltimore’s water source and watershed are good, our local water treatment plant is not designed to clean out chemicals if the Susquehanna is tarnished.  What happens in Pennsylvania, may not stay in PA?

Also, if Maryland eliminates the current fracking moratorium, Western Maryland is part of the Potomac river’s watershed which feeds the D.C. area’s drinking water supply. Given the drilling method and chemicals used in fracking, the lack of regulation and the possible upsides, fracking is a highly controversial topic that concerns your drinking water, politics, economic policy and the U.S. energy policy. 

 Free and open to the public.

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