March 25, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

Josh FoxLEWISBURG, Pa. — The documentary film, "Gasland," will be shown Tuesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The screening will be followed at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum by a discussion with the film's writer and director, Josh Fox, who will also participate in a question-and-answer session.

The screening and discussion are both free and open to the public.

Natural gas drilling impacts
"Gasland" is a documentary investigating the impact of natural gas drilling on local Pennsylvania communities. Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary, "Gasland" has been shown at numerous universities and film festivals worldwide. To view the trailer, visit

"Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling dilemma — highlighted several weeks ago by The New York Times' investigatory series depicting Williamsport on the front page and identifying the state as 'ground zero' in gas drilling — is a focus of scholarly and teaching efforts on Bucknell's campus," said Ali Blumenstock, a Bucknell senior and president of the Bucknell Environmental Club.

"For example, the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy held a series of panels focused on the social, economic, political and environmental impact of Marcellus Shale development on local communities; the Environmental Center created a Marcellus Shale Initiative supporting scientific research on the topic; through the 2010 Susquehanna River Basin Summer Writers' Institute, students conducted ethnographic research about local Marcellus Shale drilling stories soon to be published on the Bucknell website; and several professors are conducting independent research on the topic," she said.

This event is sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, the Bucknell Environmental Studies Program and the Bucknell Environmental Club. It is co-sponsored by numerous other Bucknell organizations, including the  Bucknell Marcellus Shale Initiative, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College of Engineering, the School of Management, and the departments of biology, civil and environmental engineering, economics, geology, geography, international relations, and sociology and anthropology.

Contact: Division of Communications


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