The Curry Coastal Pilot

The First Friday Salon, a free film series that started in February, will continue on Friday, March 2, when the documentary "Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire?"

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings. A discussion will follow the film.

This film series, recently rescheduled and retitled First Friday Salon, was started by Brookings resident Gordon Clay and is sponsored by The first film in the series, Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine," brought more than 25 people to the library, most of whom stayed for the follow-up discussion.

The March film, winner of the Documentary Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is the creation of director Josh Fox. In 2009 Fox learned that his home in the Delaware River Basin, was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a massive rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across a wide section of the Northeast.

Fox was offered $100,000 to lease his land to Halliburton, the world's largest oilfield services company, as part of a 34-state drilling campaign. The film chronicles Fox's cross-country travels as he set out to discover whether the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing andndash; colloquially termed 'fracking' andndash; is actually safe. Through interviews with people who live on or around current fracking sites, Fox uncovers problems from illness to hair loss to flammable water, which explains the subtitle of the film.

Since 2009, when Fox completed his film, geologists have made direct links between at least a dozen recent earthquakes in Ohio and Oklahoma and the deep wells used to dispose of liquid wastes for hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" of natural gas.

First Friday Salon will continue every month at the Chetco Community Public Library through the end of the year, showing documentaries that, most likely, would never show in this area and are certain to generate discussion.

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