2012 Daniel Patrick O'Connor Lecture in Social Justice
inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Environmental activist and writer/director of the award-winning movie "Gasland," Josh Fox brings his passion to Colorado College with his presentation "Fracking the Social Contract." "Gasland" focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, the method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking. The film, nominated in 2011 for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, brings into the public realm another specter of collusion between private enterprise and government. Josh is currently finalizing release of his forthcoming film "Gasland2" which continues his assertions of political interference with sustainable energy wisdom and of our public mistrust of the systems intended to protect us. He concludes that fracking “does not just contaminate the water supply, but also government. All the money that's spent, all the influence that's peddled: this is the contamination of the political system." Colorado has one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world. Its residents have a vested interest in understanding Josh’s claims before permitting lawmakers to pass further legislation allowing fracking in their own backyards.