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Film on fracking to air, talk will follow

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – The Rock River Open Forum will show the 2010 documentary “Gasland” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Rock Falls Public Library.

The film, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, focuses on the use of fracking, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations that Illinois is considering allowing.

Director Josh Fox sets out to see how fracking has affected citizens in their homes and on their land in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Utah and Texas.

Some have said they would like to see a 3-year moratorium on fracking in Illinois, during which time concerns such as potential groundwater contamination, methane gas pollution and fracking’s effects on agriculture, infrastructure, living conditions, emergency systems, employment, and tourism can be analyzed.

Admission is free. A discussion of the film will follow.

Call 815-625-4657 or find the Rock River Open Forum on Facebook for more information.

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