Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Documentary Viewing

This was sent in to the LaSanbe world news desk:
The Río Grande International Study Center, in conjunction with the Laredo Public Library — invites the Laredo public to a free screening of Gasland – the Academy Award nominated documentary about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas. Fracking has resulted in the groundwater contamination in numerous communities across the country.


The screening will be held at the Laredo Public Library’s Multi-purpose Room on Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m.

For further information, please call RGISC at 721-5392.

*Refreshments will be served.
 
It's interesting that this presentation comes to us.  The mining activity taking place just north of us has gotten quite a bit of press; And local bloggers have been providing their own take on things.  LaredoTejas recently posted on the topic and made note of how the practice of 'fracking' is not so transparent.
Que Fregados also chimes in.  She questions what hydraulic fracturing could be doing to the stability of lower layers of earth.

I've read articles about the fortunes being made from the Eagle Ford Shale drilling, but little has been documented about it taking place in Webb County.  I'm curious to find out what the RGISC knows about such activity taking place in our neck of the woods.  LMIB will be in attendance at the library Sunday to get more scoopage(*). 

Press release sent in by Meg Guerra

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