As many of you know, the League of Women Voters of Arkansas has studied the development of the Fayetteville Shale for natural gas and are alarmed about the health and environmental problems this activity has created in other states as well as Arkansas. As users of natural gas, we all have a stake in seeing that this important natural resource is produced with the least damaging effects possible to protect our water, air, and the health of people living close to wells and compressor stations as well as the workers who live with this on a daily basis. Because of numerous exemptions from safety standards required by other industries, the oil and gas industry gets to play by different rules and behind a layer of secrecy that will have negative long term impacts if better management practices are not required.
Tonight on PBS's NOW program, see an interview with documentary film maker, Josh Fox. You can hear about his production, GasLand, and learn why Sundance Film Festival awarded this documentary with one of its highest honors. Tune in tonight, Mar. 27, 7:30 pm to AETN. If you are unable to see it this evening, it can be viewed soon at http://www.pbs.org/now/.
Please pass the word and help educate Arkansans about the current status of gas exploration and why we need to protect Arkansas's natural resources.