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Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Conversation

An extended version of this interview appears on

"How will Gasland 2 will differ from the first (documentary)? Does it resolve all the unanswered questions left at the end of Gasland 1? 
The first Gasland was a survey of what was happening to people on the ground. It was, "Let's listen to the citizens and what is happening out there." This film goes into two areas that I think are very new. One is looking at all these well-failure problems, which sounds a little dry but it's actually really fascinating. ... We have Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection saying that 6 percent of the wells failed in 2009, that 6 or 7 percent of them failed in 2011, and in 2012, 8.9 percent of these wells have gas-migration issues — that is to say that gas is migrating into aquifers.

But the real focus of Gasland 2 is the government. We have one of the most controversial issues in the history of Pennsylvania, and the governement has done nothing to protect people. So the question is: Why? Gasland 2 investigates the contamination of government. And that's every bit as shocking and revelatory as the part about the water and air pollution."

Gasland TWO - June 20 Doors open at 6 p.m. Screening at 7 p.m. Soldiers & Sailors Hall, 4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Film followed by a Q & A session with the film’s creator, Josh Fox. Come and ask questions, folks... .

Free admission.