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Film Screening: Groundswell Rising

February 19, 2014
Tallahassee, Florida

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: All Saints Cinema, 918 Railroad Ave

Come and learn about the dangers of fracking and meet Craig Stevens, featured in movie Groundswell Rising. A voluntary contribution of $5 is requested. A brief Q &A session will be held after the showing. Please share widely and come watch this great movie!

Physicians for Social Responsibility (Florida Chapter), the Florida League of Conservation Voters, and Rethink Energy Florida are once again bringing attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing. Not only are natural resources being extracted, but a mixture of chemical fluids are injected underground as part of the drilling process to aid in breaking up the rock. Currently, the 2014 Florida Legislative session has a couple of bills that will make it easier for extraction companies to drill for natural gas. HB 71 - Fracturing Chemical Usage Disclosure Act introduced by Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R – Lee County) and HB 157 - Pub. Rec./Fracturing Chemical Usage Disclosure Act.

“This legislation will negatively expose our drinking water aquifers, wildlife, wild lands, and communities to toxic exposure from the extraction of natural gas through the process known as “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing”, stated Craig Stevens, a 6th Generation landowner Constitutional Conservative living in Silver Lake Township, PA. I can speak from personal experience as I have experienced the truck traffic, noise, odors destruction of my family property, and water contamination that goes along with the extreme extraction technology.”

Ronald Saff, MD stated that “a few years ago an emergency room nurse at a Colorado medical center was exposed to hydraulic fracking fluids when a gas driller employee came in complaining of nausea and headaches. This gas driller spilled fracturing fluid on his clothes and boots. The odor was so overpowering and strong that the emergency room had to be evacuated. The nurse, without protection, spent only ten minutes tending to this gas driller, and within 48 hours, the nurse appeared jaundiced and began vomiting fluids and appeared having difficulty breathing. She was rushed to the ER and was diagnosed with multiple organ failure including liver failure, respiratory distress and erratic blood founds. She was admitted to the ICU with a presumptive diagnosis of poisoning from an unknown source. The fluid was and is considered to be the proprietary formula of Halliburton, a gas industry leader.” (More information: http://tinyurl.com/PSRnursefracking)

“Returned waste fluids include carcinogens, heavy metals, radioactive elements and high salt levels that keeps this fluid from being adequately cleaned up for safe discharge and threaten public health, especially that of pregnant women and children, by contaminating ground water and the air. Long-term impacts on fresh water aquifers are a poorly understood potential threat to our limited drinking water supplies that requires a precautionary approach until impacts are better understood” said Lynn Ringenberg, MD, President of PSR Florida.

Hydraulic fracturing has caused geological damage, including earthquakes and contaminated drinking water in other parts of the country. Energy companies currently using “fracking” are in 33 states, from Los Angeles County, through western states such as Colorado and Wyoming, through the Midwest in Ohio and across the Marcellus shale formation that runs from New York State to West Virginia, according to the Physicians for Social Responsibility. (More info: http://tinyurl.com/PSRFracking)

There are inadequate safeguards for public health as this process is not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act or the Environmental Protection Agency. Our groups strongly support a much better analysis of the public health impacts before the industry moves forward without adequate safeguards for Florida’s citizens and ecosystem.

“These fracking companies drill a hole and inject toxic chemicals with sand, water, and no one knows what else, creating a toxic soup. Some components are known carcinogens and others are not known because these companies are allowed to hide behind public record exemptions and trade secret protections,” stated Joy Towles Ezell, President of Florida League of Conservation Voters. “What about the by-products from this lethal process? Where does all the polluted water and toxic mud go? There is no “away”.

 Helpful Links:
 http://tinyurl.com/PSRFracking
 http://tinyurl.com/FloridaGasPipelines
 http://www.hcn.org/wotr/gas-industry-secrets-and-a-nurses-story
 http://tinyurl.com/PSRanimals-as-sentinels

About the movie:

“Groundswell Rising provides such a good balance of the stories of impacts and the victories of average people who took on the industry and government and won that it leaves you feeling hopeful and rarin’ to go.   Can’t wait to start showing it .”

Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth

How many children need to get sick? How long do we threaten our air, water and sanctity of life before the alarms are heeded?

Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water, the new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures, captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation. They stand together, challenging a system that promotes profit over health. We meet mothers, fathers, scientists, doctors, farmers and people from all sides of the political spectrum taking a hard look at energy extraction techniques not proven to be safe. With the Oil and Gas industry’s expansion of fracking seen as a moral issue, this provocative documentary tracks a people’s movement, a groundswell rising towards reason and sensitivity, to protect life, today and tomorrow.

Groundswell Rising will get your blood going and your mind racing about how we can pull together to defend our communities from gas drilling and its crushing infrastructure.

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