Immediate: March 30, 2011
Contact: Alicia Steger
Nassau Community College Presents Gasland Director and Producer Josh Fox
Garden City, NY – The Nassau Community College
Spring 2011 Cultural Program is proud to present director Josh Fox, who will speak
about his Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland on April 12 at 1:15 p.m. in the College Center Building.
Halliburton-developed natural gas drilling technology of “fracking” or
hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” just beneath
us. But is it safe? Fracking is employed in deep natural
gas well drilling. Once a well is
drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are
injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures
that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well. The problem is that toxic chemicals can
contaminate the area’s water and air as a result of the fracking processes. When Fox is asked to lease his land for
drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets,
lies and contamination. A recently
drilled Pennsylvania town that reports that residents can light their drinking water
on fire is just one of the many astonishing revelations of Gasland.
Josh Fox is
founder and artistic director of the award winning film and theater production
house International WOW Co. Over
the last 15 years, he has written, directed and produced two feature films and
over 20 works for the stage.
information about Gasland, which is
free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled, call 516.572.7153.
About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, a division of the State
University of New York, is an institution where nearly 24,000 full- and
part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional students start
and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than
70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of
Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York
State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.