Free Showing: A Look at the Issues of Fracked Gas Pipeline
With the proposal to bring a new fracked gas pipeline through Berkshire County and the rest of Massachusetts, this is a good time to look at the issues involved with hydraulic fracturing in order to produce natural gas. Join us for a free showing of ‘Gasland Part II’ at the Richmond Congregational Church on July 2, at 7 p.m. Filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to examine the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas. Looking closely at the environmental impacts of fracking, the film exposes the myth that natural gas is a clean and safe alternative to oil and looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are contaminating our democracy. The film is particularly relevant locally, as Massachusetts and the entire Northeast face pivotal decisions in how to plan for our energy future. Although our regions’ governors have endorsed plans for an increased network of pipelines and pumping stations across our land, to be constructed at ratepayers’ expense, it is not clear that this is the most appropriate way to address our actual energy needs. With its investigative look at the workings of the gas industry, ‘Gasland Part II’ makes it evident that the industry’s chief goal is the growing export market. In the absence of meaningful oversight by the federal government, the industry’s profits come at the expense of the lands and lives of those affected. It is a message worth hearing, whether you have a drilling rig, pipeline, and wastewater pit in your backyard or not. Following the screening, viewers can stay to discuss their reactions to the film, its local relevance, and options for a cleaner energy future. For more information, call Arti Kelso at 413-698-2884 or Susan Lockwood at 413-698-3318.