Gasland II

gasland 2In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox takes a deeper, broader look at the dangers of fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring in 32 countries worldwide.
The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth. Fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.
Gasland II points out how the stakes have been raised, on one of the most divisive environmental issues facing us today. Given our provincial government’s promotion of natural gas as a “green” alternative to conventional fossil fuels, fracking and its controversial consequences are of particular importance to British Columbians.
Critics point out the production of LNG is anything but green with the release of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere along with the massive amounts of fresh water that is turned into toxic waste water. Enormous concern is being raised that the short-term goals of the gas industry have not been balanced against the considerable long-term environmental, health and public costs involved in the run-away development of LNG currently being faced in B.C.
Comox Valley Council of Canadians will be screening this film on Thursday, April 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Cumberland United Church, 2688 Penrith. Donations will be accepted – everyone welcome.

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