Is “fracking” a breakthrough technology that will help our country achieve energy independence or is it a highly destructive practice with severe, long-term environmental consequences? The February program of the Green Village Lecture Series offers a free screening of the documentary movie, Gasland, which explores this important and divisive topic. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Plainfield Public Library.
Hydraulic fracturing – commonly referred to as “fracking” – is the practice of injecting fluid into underground rock formations to open up cracks in the formations to allow more oil and gas to be recovered. Fracking can greatly enhance the yield from wells and can make oil and gas drilling economically viable in areas where it otherwise would not be without this practice.
However, there is evidence that fracking results in significant threats and damage to the environment. Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of water and chemicals into the wells, which risks polluting groundwater, as well as polluting the air when the chemicals are extracted from the wells while recovering the oil and gas.
Gasland takes a dramatic look into the issues of fracking in what is billed as “part vérité travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”
The Green Village Lecture Series is a partnership between the Village of Plainfield and the Plainfield Public Library District to host monthly workshops with an environmental focus. Events are held the second Monday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Programs are free but registration is requested. To register, visit http://Plainfield.lib.il.us/evanced/eventcalendar.asp . For more information about the Green Village Initiative, please visit: http://www.plainfield-il.org/initiatives/greenvillage.php.