Gasland Part II: Free screening at Denver Public Library tonight

Gasland, the documentary written and directed by Josh Fox that focuses on natural gas drilling and slickwater fracking -- has caused a lot of discussion around the country. And tonight his second film on the subject, Gasland Part II, will be shown for free at the Denver Public Library. See also: Fracking fight coming to Loveland?

The Oscar-nominated Gasland attracted a lot of attention in 2010 with Fox's discussion of fracking, a process of drilling and injecting chemical fluid into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks in order to release natural gas inside.

Fox became interested in drilling in 2008, after a gas company approached him about leasing his family's land in Milanville, Pennsylvania, to drill for gas. Fox then went out to see how communities had been affected over the past decade, as they experienced a natural gas drilling boom.

In Gasland Part II, Fox drills deeper into the effects of this energy practice, including contaminated water and air, climate implications and pollution. He also exposes how the oil and gas companies have been obscuring what people want to know with smear campaigns, lawsuits and political influence.

There are thousands of hydraulic fracturing wells in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Texas, among other states; this is a great opportunity to see at least part of the story.

Gasland Part II will screen at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the B2 Conference Room at the Central Denver Library.

For more information, visit the Denver Public Library website.

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