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GIRO Film: Gasland Part 2, Fracking - First Half
October 2013
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TIME: 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM


GIRO Film: Gasland Part 2, Fracking - First Half

In this film, Josh Fox takes a second look at hydraulic fracturing: "FRACKING".

Scientists are warning that the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may lead to far more powerful earthquakes than previously thought. Fracking injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. A new study published Thursday in the journal Science by a leading seismology lab warns that pumping water underground can induce dangerous earthquakes, even in regions not otherwise prone to tremors. "Gasland Part 2," exposes how the gas industry and the government's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is highly suspect. He also discusses how drilling companies have admitted to having several former military psychological operations, or PSYOPs, specialists on staff, applying their skills in Pennsylvania to counter opponents of drilling. "What's really disappointing about this is that this is a moment when an American president has come forward and spoken about climate change and exhibited his obvious and earnest desire to take on the problem; however, the emphasis on fracked gas makes this plan entirely the wrong plan," says Fox, noting that methane released from fracking sites is more potent than other greenhouse gases. "Moving from coal to fracked gas doesn't give you any climate benefit at all. So the plan should be about how we're moving off of fossil fuels and onto alternate energy." his film will be shown by GIRO in two parts. Forum credit available.

 

Location: Melville Hall, Room 104


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