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Don't Frack NY Film Series February 20 - March 20, 2014

Throughout February and March, Food & Water Watch, New Yorkers Against Fracking, NYPIRG, and Western NY Drilling Defense will be hosting screenings of the recently released anti-fracking films Gasland II and Triple Divide.

Screenings are free and open to the public.

Gasland II will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 20 7 p. m. at Buffalo State College - Bulger Communications Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, and Sunday, March 9th, at 2 p m. at Frank E. Merriweather Library. 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo.

Triple Divide will be screened on Tuesday, March 4th 7 p. m. at The New Brighton Library, 999 Brighton Rd., Town of Tonawanda; on Thursday, March 13th, at 7 p. m. at Buffalo State College - Bulger Communications Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, and on Thursday, March 20th, at 5:30 p. m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo

Gasland II is a follow-up to the Oscar-nominated film, Gasland, by Josh Fox. It suggests that the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil now occurring on a global scale, are real and deadly. Gasland Part II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides regarding one of the most important environmental and economic issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is deceptive and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the environment.

TRIPLE DIVIDE: Triple Divide documents Public Herald's first investigations into "inevitable, negative impacts" from shale gas industrial development and how those impacts are handled by the state, specifically the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Narrated by actor and advocate, Mark Ruffalo, the film suggests that stark negligence and endangerment of public and environmental health due to shale gas extraction is rampant. Through personal stories, interviews, and investigation of state case files, Triple Divide tells a cautionary tale about the "corruption of a public agency meant to regulate industry and protect the public and environment." Though extraction of shale gas will one day end, the film argues, taking many 'boom and bust' jobs with it, contaminated groundwater aquifers, polluted land, and stories of victimization will remain.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

Feb 11, 2014