INDIAN LAKE - When filmmaker Josh Fox received an unexpected offer of $100,000 for the natural gas drilling rights to his property in the Delaware River Basin, on the border of New York and Pennsylvania, he resisted the urge to accept. Instead, he set off on a cross-country journey to investigate the risks of such drilling nationwide. His journey will come the big screen in the form of the documentary, Gasland at Indian Lake Theater Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
"Gasland is going a long way in spreading public awareness about the risks fracking (hydraulic fracturing) poses on human and environmental health," said theater director Pat Connor. "The fight against hydraulic fracturing has now moved to Congress, where lobbyists are trying to prevent legislation that would require the chemicals used in the fracking process to once again be subject to the Safe Drinking Water Act."
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has recently been moving across the United States, according to Fox. Beneath ground lies an underground ocean of natural gas waiting to be harvested. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of fracking has unlocked the abundance of natural gas.
Across the country, in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Dallas-Ft. Worth - where drilling is slated to take place or is already occurring directly in nearby water-supply areas - Fox hopes to reveal a looming crisis with the power to affect millions.
A town in Pennsylvania has reported that its 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, according to Fox.
Part verit travelogue, part expos , part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, and part showdown, Gasland premiered on HBO in June 2010.
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