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The danger of natural gas

The presentation of the documentary Gasland by Josh Fox on March the 8th will take place within the framework of the celebration of Climate week 2013.

Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used for the extraction of gas that uses toxic methods that seriously pollute the environment and are a risk to human health. It consists of injecting water at high pressures on the rock causing small earthquakes at depths of up to 8,000 meters leading to the rock cracking and releasing the gas.

The environmental risks of this technique are very high. In each well up to 18 million litres of water can be injected to release the gas and it also contains additives and chemicals that may be carcinogenic and mutagenic.

The documentary “Gasland”, written and directed by Josh Fox focuses on communities in the United States who have been affected by the extraction of gas shale or schist gas using this method.

It tells the story of the director when he received a letter which offered him $100,000 if he allowed the exploitation of their land in Milanville, Pennsylvania, for the extraction of natural gas. Since then, Fox began to investigate the technique and interview families who have suffered from several health problems, probably derived from this method.

He even discovered that in those areas where natural gas had been extracted in this way, the inhabitants could not ignite a lighter near the tap because the water would ignite due to the pollution created by the gas.

The documentary will be screened during the celebration Climate week 2013 organised by Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth. After the screening there will be a public debate in which Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, John Cryer MP and Guy Shrubsole, Friends of the Earth energy specialist, will all participate.

Date: March the 8th 2013 at 18:30-21:30. Location: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road. More information:

(Translated by David Coldwell – Email:

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