The public is invited to a showing of "Gasland Part II" at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rock Falls Public Library, sponsored by the Rock River Open Forum. Time will be available for a frank discussion of the film’s content. Admission is free. We always enjoy having diverse opinions and fruitful interactions.
"Gasland," produced in 2010, was previously shown; "Gasland Part II" was produced in 2013.
The initial Oscar-nominated documentary "Gasland" followed director Josh Fox’s journey across the United States as he examined the negative effects of natural gas drilling known as fracking. He identified the following problems:
• Contamination of ground water by multiple, complex chemicals including methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide;
• Health issues that cause many residents to abandon their homes;
• Safe disposal of the contaminated water;
• Secrecy regarding the nature and identities of the numerous very potent chemicals that are introduced into the water that is injected into the ground; and
• Collusion between fracking companies and state/federal governments.
"Gasland Part II" is much more comprehensive and current. Some of the relevant concerns include:
• National policy of using more fracked gas;
• Control of our government by a tiny economic elite;
• Export of fracked gas;
• Exploration and harvesting of fracked gas throughout the world;
• Global warming and effects on the planet’s flora and fauna;
• Speed with which actions are taken without studying possible consequences;
• Lack of investment in renewable sources such as solar and wind energy; and
• Lack of concern for common folks.
For information, call 815-625-4657.