By Jim Stanford on August 8, 2011
Afterward, a panel discussion will include two people featured in the film: Wes Wilson, a retired EPA environmental engineer, and John Fenton, a Pavillion, Wyo., rancher who has been affected by drilling. Also participating are retired BLM resource specialist Tom Curry and state Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson.
Given the strong opinions the Oscar-nominated film has generated and the impact of natural gas on Wyoming’s economy, the discussion ought to be lively. Whether industry reps turn out to counter their critics remains to be seen.
Then again, a Wyoming coal executive threw a hissy-fit at the recent installation of a sculpture by a British artist at the University of Wyoming. The work was designed to get people to think about the connection between fossil fuel and beetle kills spurred by a warming climate. Rather than engage the artist or start a dialogue, Big Coal whined and threatened to withhold funding from UW.
The screening comes as the Bridger-Teton National Forest is considering a proposal by Plains Exploration and Production to drill up to 136 wells in the headwaters of the Hoback River near Bondurant. The company plans to use the controversial drilling technique fracking, which can contaminate groundwater.
To view the trailer for the film, click here.