College hosting event series on Natural Gas and Fracking

gaslandIn an attempt to have an open conversation and debate about the practice of “fracking,” Marietta College’s Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a community event series on the topic starting Thursday, Jan. 26.
 
The series is in conjunction with the College’s annual theme of “Energy and Environment.”

 
Community members are encouraged to join the College for a screening of the powerful and controversial documentary Gasland at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.
 
Gasland won the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film takes a close look at the consequences of the practice of drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
 
Gasland begins when filmmaker Josh Fox receives a letter offering him $100,000 for the natural gas drilling rights to his family’s home property in Pennsylvania. Instead of accepting the offer, Fox sets off on a cross-country journey to see the many places in the country where fracking had already been done and to meet the people impacted.
 
The Office of Civic Engagement follows up with “The Natural Gas and Fracking Panel Forum” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.
 
The panelists include: Dr Robert Chase, Chair of Marietta’s Department of Petroeleum Engineering and Geology; Frank Leeper, Vice President for Development at Producers Service Corps; Paul Feezel, Founder of Distracted by Nature Organic Farms; and Dr. Richard Wittberg, Executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.
 
The panelists will represent an array of persepectives on fracking, and there will be an open question and answer session.
 
These events are free and open to the public. The first 150 people to arrive will be admitted.
 
For information: Arielle Jennings, (740) 376-4561 or aj002@marietta.edu.
 
TOM PERRY

Departments: