We’re hoping that you have gotten your hands on our March issue, featuring Jacob Lambert's profile of the very strong-willed Iris Marie Bloom, the director of the grassroots group Protecting Our Waters, host of Frack Radio: The Shale Gas Report, and one of the local leaders fighting to suspend the natural-gas drilling of the Marcellus Shale. If you find her argument compelling, you'll want to see Josh Fox's eye-opening Sundance award-winning documentary Gasland.
This Saturday, as a pre-event for Law and Society Week (legal events and presentations from student voices and legal resources, running from Febr. 25-March 4) the Community College of Philadelphia will run two screenings of Gasland, a journey through the United States to reveal the disturbing consequences of natural gas drilling.
After Fox was asked to lease his land to be used for drilling, he felt compelled to investigate. He discovered unsettling truths behind “fracking “(a drilling method used to extract the natural gas from previously inaccessible shale deposits). He found secrets, lies and a whole lot of contamination—one Pennsylvania town reported that residents could literally set their drinking water on fire.
For those of you living under a rock, the Marcellus Shale is a natural rock formation that lies primarily under Pennsylvania’s soil, holding one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. Of late, Pennsylvania and the Delaware River Basin have been chosen for drilling locations, causing much environmental and public safety concerns. (February 24 is the scheduled Delaware River Basin Commission meeting and public hearing, so generate comments for all the lawmakers to hear!)
The first screening begins at 9 a.m. at the Community College of Philadelphia Center for Business and Industry building on 18th & Callowhill Street. Be sure to stick around for a discussion with Curtis Jones, Councilman for the 4th District, chair of the Committee of Transportation and Public Utilities, Member of the Committee to the Environment, Philadelphia Gas commissioner, and oh yeah, author of the Philadelphia City Council Marcellus Shale Report.
The second screening will begin at 1:15 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation by our very own cover lady, Iris Marie Bloom.
The event is free for all to attend, so come out, get informed, and spread the word.
If you can't attend, you can still take action. The Gaslands website suggests:
- Contact your local officials. Let them know that you support the Frac Act.
- Find out about local organizations that also supoort the Frac Act.
- Check out local action alerts and see how you can get involved.
- Share your stories and let others know about your personal experiences.