Gasland II at the Rio

May 29, 2013

The follow-up to the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland” will be screening next week at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz.

Filmmaker Josh Fox is bringing “Gasland II” on a preview tour before the documentary premieres on HBO in July.

The latest installment picks up on the previous film’s look at the issues of hydrofracking, a controversial process of mining for natural oil in dense shale. Fox digs deeper into the effects of this process as well as the industry’s campaigns and lawsuits.

Fracking is a major issue not just nationally but closer to home as well, where oil companies have purchasing drilling rights in the Monterey Shale formation.

Fox will appear at the screening Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. and will participate in a question-and-answer session with viewers and members of local anti-fracking organizations.

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