If you have any kind of environmental slant you probably already know what “fracking” is and why it is such a hot button topic at the moment. But for those who aren’t aware, fracking, or more properly hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling and injecting fluids into the ground at an extremely high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas. Proponents of the procedure see it as a way to get more natural gas out of the Earth and as an economic stimulant. Those opposed to it cite concerns with how the process will pollute both the air and more importantly the local water supply. The process has also been shown to cause contaminate the ground with chemicals at the site of the drilling too.
A new documentary film called Dear Governor Cuomo takes a look at the impact of fracking on the state of New York and how one man – Governor Andrew Cuomo – can make a huge difference simply by banning the practice. This past May, a group of musicians, actors, scientists and activists gathered in Albany, NY to ask the Governor to join the anti-fracking movement. The documentary, which is written and directed by our friend Jon Bowermaster, is a blend of moving music and a powerful message of protecting the environment.
The film is in limited release now and is an important one, even if you don’t live in New York.
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