film discussion ought to be a gas

Members of the Jackson Hole Kayak Club display their opposition to the drilling proposal for the Hoback headwaters. American Rivers included the Hoback this spring on its list of most endangered waterways.

Gasland, the incendiary documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox, will screen at Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday. Citizens for the Wyoming Range is sponsoring the free showing.

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.

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6 Comments so far

  1. danno August 8, 2011 7:31 pm
  2. Suzy Q August 9, 2011 10:47 am

    Everyone should go see this movie. If you can’t go see it, the library has it too. It’s pretty powerful stuff! I hope you all get to see it.

  3. hk August 9, 2011 12:11 pm

    hmmm – I don’t remember seeing anything in Jim’s entry about global warming. Just thought you’d put your 2 cents in?

    And that climate depot site looks very objective.

  4. Chad August 9, 2011 1:32 pm

    Notrickzone.com is a bastion of peer reviewed advanced science. I’m glad AGW could be debunked in 601 words, including this inspirational gem: “…if you know where the weather has been, you have a better chance to know where it’s going”. Totally deep, man.

    Climate Depot is apparently supported by a “Christian response to radical environmentalism”. Because we all know what the books of Matthew and John say about carbon molecules interacting with photons.

    Then the Polar Bear guy…. The conspiracy theorists love these stories because two exceptions become the rule of thousands of reviewed scientists. By this logic, all conservatives are actually homosexual predators by virtue of the actions of a few (Sen. Craig, Rep.Foley, Pastor Haggard, Catholicism). Now that I write it out, I’m not so sure…

    Point being, these links are as lame and lack substance. Pixels are not proof. Otherwise I have an incredible picture you should see of a shark taking down a helicopter.

  5. Jason August 9, 2011 11:56 pm

    Here’s a better- although still biased- website that does have some valid criticism about the movie: http://www.energyindepth.org/2010/06/debunking-gasland/
    The reality is, we are an energy dependent nation that is reliant on oil and gas, and will be, until an effective replacement can be found. Renewable resources account for less than 3% of our current national energy production and the nuclear industry has suffered a devastating public image crisis following the catastrophe in Japan. Fracking can be done in a safe and responsible manner (it has been used for several decades with only recent bad press), especially when stringent well construction methods are followed.

  6. D August 10, 2011 9:27 am

    Jason stop with the reality and facts!
    Why not invite industry representatives, instead of loading the opposition with propaganda and half truths? Dare I say how about an honest debate? I am 100 percent against drilling in the Wyoming Range, but it has little to do with fracing and more to do with developing an area that doesn’t need to be developed. There are many places in Wyoming that are far better to develop; the Hoback ecosystem is too sensitive, if there happened to be an accident. Like I have stated before, this land was leased fair and square, be mad at your government not the people who leased the land. I realize scare tactics work best in today’s political & environmental arenas, but it does not make it right or educational. I am 99% sure that this development will never happen.

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