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WMEAC to show"Gasland II" at UICA

WMEAC Film Series provides an in-depth look into the world of hydraulic fracturing.

Additional Information on Hydraulic Fracturing in West Michigan

The following websites provide more information regarding hydraulic fracturing in West Michigan:

Know Fracking West Michigan

Kent County Water Conservation

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will host the second film of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)’s 2013-2014 film series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21.

This month’s film is Gasland II, the follow up to Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated film Gasland. Fox’s films take an in-depth look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. 

Gasland II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, dives deeper into the world of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the environment.

The film series focuses on environmental topics and are played in venues across Grand Rapids. The films are chosen by WMEAC to both inform Grand Rapidians on key environmental issues and spur meaningful discussions throughout the West Michigan community.

"The WMEAC Film Series is about more than just showing films and walking away. The reason we are showing Gasland II is that we are excited to engage in a conversation about the dangers of fracking," says Josh Leffingwell, WMEAC's Communication Director.

The film argues that the gas industry’s claims of hydraulic fracturing being environmentally safe is a myth. It goes further by asserting that fracked wells will inevitably cause grave environmental damage. The film also addresses concerns over governmental policy and the influence of the gas industry.

Following the film, WMEAC and Kent County Water Conservation staff will lead an interactive critical discussion on the effects of fracking in West Michigan.

"I think this screening of Gasland Part II is especially important because 10% of Kent County has been leased for hydraulic fracturing. This film helps us learn about the new technology as well as the potential negative impacts associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing. For those who aren't familiar with 'fracking' this is a perfect opportunity to learn from an engaging documentary," says Stephanie Mabie, co-founder of Kent County Water Conservation.

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