PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — A new movie focusing on the dangers of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania will air on HBO July 8, but Pittsburghers can catch a free showing at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Oakland on June 20.
Producer of Gasland 2, Josh Fox explained to KDKA’s Chris Moore how he came up with the idea for the film.
“I was approached by drillers to lease my land which is in Northeastern Pennsylvania and I had no idea what that meant,” explained Fox, “so I investigated, found that fracking was rapidly expanding and posed several consequences such as water contamination, air pollution and health problems.”
Fox decided to make Gasland 2 to find out why people were not getting any help from their governments.
“Former City Councilman Doug Shields decided to step in and protect Pennsylvania against the oil and gas industry from lighting democracy on fire,” added Fox.
Shields received countless calls complaining about natural gas drilling and wanted to help.
“I researched the industry, and realized how much it puts the public at risk with no notices sent out or anything,” explained Shields.
Even though the natural gas industry’s plan is to have more than 100,000 gas wells in Pennsylvania, they both agree that it is never too late to turn things around.
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