Film & Discussion: Oscar-Nominated Documentary, "Gasland"

Thursday November 17, 2011: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown - this compelling 2010 film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. The film, which is not rated, won raves from the critics and received numerous awards.

Drilling for natural gas is a trend currently sweeping across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of 'fracking' or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked pockets of natural gas. But is fracking safe?

When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling he heads out on a cross-country road trip to find the answer to this question. In one Pennsylvania town you'll see residents who are able to light their drinking water on fire. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars' Program. Discussions will be led by the MCSP faculty and students.