OPL to host Talk on Hydrofracking Jan. 21

(Oneida, NY – Jan. 2012) As New York State comes closer to permitting hydrofracking, Toshio Hance of the Sierra Club comes to the Oneida Public Library on Saturday Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. to present “Gasland: The Facts about Hydrofracking” to residents of a county likely to be adversely affected by this controversial method of drilling for natural gas.

Hance works on the Gas Task Force at the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter. She has recently made several presentations on hydrofracking in Oneida County and is now doing the same in Madison County, where some municipalities are considering the advisability of a one-year moratorium on hydrofracking in the face of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ambivalent stance on issuing gas well permits in New York’s Marcellus Shale.

Meanwhile, in Albany, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is still weighing the potential economic benefits from hydrofracking versus the environmental risks to the state’s water aquifers in the Marcellus Shale and beyond.

At the Oneida Library, Hance will show the documentary film “Gasland,” which recounts the cross-country search by filmmaker Josh Fox to find out the truth about hydrofracking and the industry that uses it. Following the film, she will discuss the scientific and economic facts that are currently known about hydrofracking and its environmental impact.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 363-3050.

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