Coming Up: Gasland II Film

02 Dec, 2013

By Loop Contributor

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 from Friends of the Larchmont Library:

At 2:00pm on Sunday, December 8, as part of The Sunday Series, the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library and the Village of Larchmont Committee on the Environment will join forces to screen GASLAND II, the must-see sequel to Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated first documentary on fracking; the controversial method of extracting natural oil and gas from deep underground.

Then at 4:00pm, following the screening of the film, environmental educator and President of Riverkeeper, Paul Gallay, will lead a discussion on this pressing and controversial topic.

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated and award-winning film GASLAND, filmmaker and director Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide) and in our own State of New York.

GASLAND II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that 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”. Of the film, the Los Angeles Times said the film is “Haunting and Provocative”, and the Examiner said the film is a “must watch for all the environmentally conscious”.

Paul Gallay and the Riverkeeper team work to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supplies for nine million New Yorkers. An attorney and educator, Gallay has dedicated himself to the environmental movement since 1987, when he left the private practice of law and went to work for the New York State Attorney General. In 1990, Gallay began a ten-year stint at New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, where he brought hundreds of corporate and government polluters to justice. He subsequently spent a decade in the land conservation movement before becoming Riverkeeper’s President in 2010. Gallay is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia Law School and has held a number of teaching positions, including a Visiting Professorship in Environmental Studies at Williams.

Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. For nearly 50 years Riverkeeper has been New York’s clean water advocate. We have helped to establish globally recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection and serve as the model and mentor for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes nearly 200 Keeper programs across the country and around the globe.

This may be the most important program of the season as it addresses issues that have a direct impact on all New Yorkers. The film and discussion are free and will be held in the Larchmont Village Center located directly behind the Larchmont Public Library at 121 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont. The Sunday Series is a series of topical programs that take place at the Larchmont Public Library sponsored by The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. For more information, visit the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library online at

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