Derry screening for Sundance-awarded fracking documentary

A recent anti-fracking protest in Dublin. (80112JC1)
A recent anti-fracking protest in Dublin. (80112JC1)

Derry’s Nerve Centre will screen a free showing of the Sundance award-winning documentary film ‘Gasland’ this coming Thursday, January 12, at 7pm.

The film, which won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, explores the culture of “fracking”, which has become a growing concern in Ireland in recent years. Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing of rock) is a method used to extract natural gas from the ground using millions of gallons of water, mixed with toxic chemicals.

In Ireland, presently licenses for exploration have been issued for the Lough Allen Basin, Clare Basin, Central Larne-Lough Neagh Basin, Rathlin Basin and Rathlin Island in the Republic and NI. In the USA and Australia, it has caused widespread environmental damage, water pollution, including death to livestock and wildlife, and serious health issues.

The US Government’s Environmental Protection Agency has recently declared that fracking has poisoned underground water supplies. The process has been implicated in causing earthquakes in the US and UK. If fracking is allowed here, the process could severely impact Ireland’s tourism industry, agriculture, the air and water quality, and the population’s health.

For more information see Fracking Free Ireland at: http://frackingfreeireland.org/