Shale gas was discovered in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley in 2012, which makes the social and ecological controversies of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," germane to the daily lives of Pioneer Valley residents.
"Gasland II," by Josh Fox, is a follow-up to his first film, which argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of fracking-derived natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time and present unaccounted-for risks to water, air and society.
Join us for a free screening of "Gasland II," followed by breakout discussions with Environment Massachusetts representatives on their campaign efforts to garner public support for Massachusetts legislation to follow in Vermont's footsteps and ban fracking in Massachusetts before it starts.
This event is free and open to the public and members of the Five College community. The screening is hosted by Amherst College's Environmental Studies Program and is made possible with the generous support of Amherst College Eastman Funds.