The celebrated film Gasland will be shown on Tuesday, October 18 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Queen’s University Belfast, Room 0G/007, Peter Frogatt Centre (PFC). The showing will be followed by a talk by guest speaker Tom Hyde.
GASLAND is an award-winning independent documentary exposing the perilous effects of natural gas drilling on communities in America.
The film has been called a ‘horror movie and wake up call’ to the increasingly pervasive process of energy extraction called Hydraulic Fracturing or, as it’s commonly known, ‘fracking.’ Fracking pumps water at high velocity into the ground with a mixture of chemicals, some of which are harmful to the environment, to extract gas from below. The film highlights communities who, lured by the promise of profit, are now experiencing the consequences of hydraulic fracturing – including the loss of potable ground water, flammable taps, environmental degradation and being perpetually beholden to the plans of the energy companies.
This event has been organised by a group of concerned students to raise awareness of the hydraulic fracturing operations planned for large areas across North and South of Ireland, in counties ranging from Fermanagh and Antrim to Roscommon and Leitrim.
The guest speaker is Tom Hyde who has been an active campaigner on this subject. He will be able to answer any questions the audience has after the showing of GASLAND.
GASLAND was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011 and won the Sundance Festival Special Jury Prize for Best US Documentary in 2010, among other awards.
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