Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-Tompkins/Cortland), along with her colleague Steve Englebright, is today hosting a special viewing of the film GASLAND, a documentary about gas drilling around the country. GASLAND was the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for a Documentary at Sundance 2010. The screening in Albany will feature special guests Debra Winger, Executive Producer, and Mark Ruffalo, both of whom live in the Catskill region of New York State.
“This award-winning documentary reveals the consequences of natural gas drilling across the United States. Much of the recent expansion of drilling has been spurred by the increase in deep well hydrofracking, a practice that threatens to open up the Marcellus Shale in central New York to large-scale industrial drilling practices. Showing GASLAND to the members of the New York State legislature, as well as representatives from state agencies, will highlight some of the impacts that hydrofracking may bring to our communities. It is important that all the leaders in state government become fully aware of all facets of the hydrofracking phenomenon, before determining its fate in the State of New York,” says Lifton.
The film will be shown in Hearing Room C at 6 PM. Ms. Winger and Mr. Ruffalo will be introduced in the Assembly at about 5 PM, and then will meet with various legislators before the movie.