State Senator Greg Ball, R-Patterson, will host a screening of the film “Gasland,” this Saturday in Peekskill.
Ball will be joined by the film’s writer and director, Josh Fox. The free screening, Ball said in a press release, is meant to “educate the public and himself about the potentially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing in New York.”
In August, Ball joined Fox for a tour of Bradford County, PA, witnessing firsthand, he said, the effects hydrofracking can have on communities.
Ball has called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to take a similar tour “before allowing gas companies to begin the hydrofracking process in New York.” He has also requested that Cuomo extend the public comment period on hydrofracking to 180 days. Ball has introduced the Property Owner’s Bill of Rights, to “set tough, new standards for safe hydrofracking in New York.”
Fox made “Gasland” after receiving a letter in 2008 from a natural gas company asking to lease his family’s land in Pennsylvania for $100,000 to drill for gas. In the documentary, released in 2010, he visits various communities to see how the natural gas drilling has effected them. The film was nominated for an Academy Award.
“Gasland” will show at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Peekskill Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Ave.