FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Pics and Flicks is assisting Transition Towns Kiama to bring this highly acclaimed documentary to the community.
Starts 7.30pm Gerringong Town Hall
Entry is by gold coin donation. Pics and Flicks membership does not cover this film.
Coal Seam Gas Extraction has become a major issue worldwide as this form of mining spreads rapidly in rural and residential areas. This issue has immediate relevance for Kiama and the Illawarra as extensive Gas Exploration leases cover much of the Illawarra area. "GasLand' presents the effects of coal seam gas mining and how this impacted on certain American communities.
THE DOCUMENTARY: The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the US. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas". But is gas drilling safe?
When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire.
This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown, this film is an eye-opening insight into an industry that is currently spreading through regional Australia.
In association with the screening, speakers will discuss CSG exploration and extraction in our region, as well as the progress on renewable alternatives.