Gasland Part II Film Screening Brings out Concerned Environmentalists

The film maker traveled from the Gulf of Mexico to Texas and back up to the Delaware River basin to investigates the effects fracking...

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By Amanda Nichols, '14, Biological Science, CALS

Hundreds gathered at Statler auditorium on Friday, June 7th, to watch the sequel to Director Josh Fox’s academy award nominated film, Gasland. “Gasland part II  is not so much about literal contamination due to fracking, as much as contamination in the government from these multibillion dollar industries,” says Fox.

Fracking has been a hot button topic in upstate New York. Concerns about drinking water and well contamination are only the beginning in a laundry list of potential adverse effects fracking can have on health and the environment. Both organizers and concerned citizens representing different organizations had gathered outside Statler auditorium to educate the public about the dangers of fracking.

 

Chris Tate, one of the founders and Boardmember of the Fingerlakes Clean Water Initiative stated, “There is no safe way to frack. I’m a biomedical engineer, not that you need to be to understand.”

 

A resident of Dimlock, Pa, Ray Kemble, brought test results of his drinking water from the DEP, EPA , and Duke University from before and after a hydrofracking station opened near his home. The test results show that the water, which was previously clean, had become contaminated with four grades of Uranium (including one that was weapon grade), three grades of Thorium, and 21 times the legal limit of arsenic, along with other hazardous and carcinogenic toxins.

 

Gasland Part II will premier on HBO July 8th at 9 pm for those on the East coast. When I asked Josh Fox what could be done to fight fracking, he urged that everyone get involved. “When our agencies are being taken away from us at the government level due to interference from the gas and oil industries, the most important thing is to show up, be loud, and be vocal. Do not let democracy be subverted.” He suggested writing letters to representatives and showing up to political rallies, such as the upcoming NY crossroads rally being held at Albany on June 17th.  

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