The documentary film, "Gasland," about the varied experiences of people who have had natural gas drilling on their property or in their neighborhood, will be shown tonight, Monday January 17th, at 6 pm, at the Hampshire County public library in Romney.
Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Manager for Potomac Riverkeeper, will be on hand after the screening to discuss local gas development and the possible impact on this county from what is being called the "Marcellus Shale gold rush."
The library is closed for regular services today, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. But the doors will open at 5 pm for the film. There will be no regular library services.
In case of bad weather, or for some other reason you can't make the public meeting tonight (we've been told that several local elected officials are planning to attend, which should make for a substantive discussion), "Gasland" is available online for free viewing at:
Otherwise, I hope you can make it to the library for a critical discussion of this very important and complex issue. We will need as many voices in the public dialogue as possible, if we ever hope to reach a fair solution to the serious problems this issue raises.