"Gasland" Director and Producer Josh Fox

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Immediate:  March 30, 2011 Media Contact:  Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 E-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.eduncc.edu/newsreleases

Nassau Community College Presents Gasland Director and Producer Josh Fox

April 12 Gasland

Garden City, NY – The Nassau Community College Spring 2011 Cultural Program is proud to present director Josh Fox, who will speak about his Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland on April 12 at 1:15 p.m. in the College Center Building.

The Halliburton-developed natural gas drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us.  But is it safe?  Fracking is employed in deep natural gas well drilling.  Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well.  The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.  The problem is that toxic chemicals can contaminate the area’s water and air as a result of the fracking processes.  When Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.  A recently drilled Pennsylvania town that reports that residents can light their drinking water on fire is just one of the many astonishing revelations of Gasland.

Josh Fox is founder and artistic director of the award winning film and theater production house International WOW Co.  Over the last 15 years, he has written, directed and produced two feature films and over 20 works for the stage.   

For more information about Gasland, which is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled, call 516.572.7153.

About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 24,000 full- and part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education.  More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island.  As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.

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