27 February 2012

Film and panel

The 2011-2012 Biennial Theme - Technologies Without Borders: Technologies Across Borders

Cordially invites you to a panel discussion and film screening of:
GASLAND, A film by Josh Fox

Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers Student Center, Multipurpose Room A (College Ave Campus)

(Details after the break)

About Gasland the Movie:

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh 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 nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."

Gasland is the winner of numerous film awards including the Special Jury Prize - Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Non-Fiction Directing. Gasland was also nominated for an Oscar in 2011 in the Best Documentary category.

About the Panelists:

Tracy Carluccio is the Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. She has been employed as an environmental advocate since 1989, working throughout the Delaware Watershed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. Prior to her present employment, Carluccio was Executive Director of a government water resources authority in Pennsylvania and a non-profit environmental organization. A resident of East Amwell, she is currently serving her fifth year as chairperson of the Board of Health and has served on several township boards, inter-municipal steering committees and community organizations, including Del-AWARE, Unltd., the ANJEC Regional Board, the Sourland Planning Council, and the
Hunterdon County Conservation District Board. She has a BA in Social Science from the University of North Carolina and continuing education credits from Rutgers and Villanova Universities. She and her husband have
a small farm in the Sourland Mountains.

Dr. Larysa Dyrszka is a graduate of Douglass College, and began her medical education at Rutgers Medical School. She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and returned to New
York for her residency in pediatrics. Following board certification in pediatrics, she practiced general pediatrics for over twenty years. She held the position of Director of Pediatrics at Holy Name Hospital in
Teaneck, NJ from 1993 to 1999. In May, Dr. Dyrszka was invited to present testimony to the New York State Assembly on the subject of potential human health impacts related to hydrofracking, and in August she
gave testimony before Senator Greg Ball's committee in Katonah. Dr. Dyrszka is an affiliate member of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy and is also on the steering committee of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.

Wes Gillingham is one of the founders and the Program Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, an environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the Catskill Region of New York State. Catskill Mountainkeeper was one of a handful of groups sounding the alarm over Hydrofracking in New York three years ago. Wes has been a voice for the planet for close to 30 years. He serves on the New York State Forest Preserve Advisory Committee, the Sullivan County Farm Bureau board of directors and The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) policy committee. Before starting Catskill Mountainkeeper Wes and his wife Amy fed 150 families through (CSA) Community supported agriculture vegetable shares . Before farming, Wes was a Director for the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute, leading field programs in undergraduate environmental studies throughout the United States and eastern Canada. He also worked for ten years as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service.

Jeff Zimmerman has been practicing environmental law for 38 years, first with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land & Natural Resources Division, then with the American Mining Congress, the ARCO Chemical Company, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and private practice since 1990. During this time, he has worked on matters involving virtually every aspect of environmental and natural resources law. In August 2007 he opened his own firm and since then has been representing clients involved in renewable fuels, brownfields redevelopment, environmental land use regulation, contaminated site remediation, and water law. A considerable amount of his time has been devoted to representing conservancy organizations in the ongoing debate over the environmental risks related to unconventional natural gas development. He also has been deeply involved in representing conservation interests concerned about protection and management of the water resources of the Delaware River Basin. He has a degree in physics from Amherst College and his law degree is from the National Law Center of the George Washington University.

We hope you will join us for this very important event!

Event flyer is located at:

For more information, please visit: http://technologies.rutgers.edu
For more information about Gasland, please visit: www.gaslandthemovie.com

Directions to the Rutgers Student Center are available at:

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