Don’t Frack West Michigan events planned
The following information is based on a Media Release from Food & Water Watch.
Over the next month, groups across the region are engaging communities on several occasions to learn about the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” There are three scheduled screenings of the documentary Gasland. Filmed by Josh Fox, Gasland chronicles Fox’s cross-country odyssey to understand the concerns posed by the practice and undercover the truth.
These screenings come directly before the mineral rights auction being held on October 24th in Lansing, where the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will lease over 175,000 acres of publicly owned mineral rights to oil and natural gas companies. Publicly owned mineral rights in Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Barry are all being auctioned. See the map here: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/1,1607,7-153-10371_14793-30912–,00.html
The free public screenings will be held:
Sunday, October 21, 6 pm at Allegan Regent Theater, 211 Trowbridge, Allegan
Monday, October 22, 6 pm at Hopkins Library, 118 East Main St., Hopkins
Tuesday, October 23, 6 pm at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave. Holland
In November, community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the dangers of fracking and what they can do to stop the flood of the fracking industry in to our communities. Michigan Land, Air Water Defense with support from FLOW and Food & Water Watch present an evening with Wenonah Hauter, long time water activist and Executive Director of the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch and Jim Olsen, esteemed environmental lawyer on Monday, November 12 at Griswold Auditorium, 401 Hubbard St., Allegan, 6-8:30 p.m.