SustainFloyd to screen “Gasland” on March 16

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SustainFloyd will screen the controversial documentary “Gasland” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th at the Floyd Country Store. This is the film that sparked a national furor about “fracking,” or the use of hydraulic fracturing to mine natural gas that had previously been inaccessible. Scenes in “Gasland” of homeowners’ contaminated tap water being set aflame have become iconic.

A $5 donation for the movie will be requested. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and desserts, coffee and tea will be offered for donations. The Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) is sponsoring the event, which will include a community discussion following the film, for those who wish to stay.

“The SustainFloyd Winter Film Series brings our community provocative films that entertain, inform and get us thinking ,” says SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton. “This documentary and the industry it describes have had an immense impact on our country, and we looking forward to discussing what the future holds.”

The discussion panel following the film will include Carl E. Zipper, a Virginia Tech professor who researched efforts to restore land and water quality after mining; Nino Ripepi, a Virginia Tech professor who serves as project manager for the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research; and SustainFloyd Board Member Billy Weitzenfeld, Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP).

“Gasland,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, has fueled a national debate over the safety of “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing to mine natural gas deep in the earth. We expect a spirited and informative discussion afterward!

About SustainFloyd:
SustainFloyd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists the community of Floyd County, Virginia in sustainable, local growth. Its vision is a mix of the past and the future – working to develop new ideas that will support the next generation of this rural community, while preserving our local traditions and history. To learn more about SustainFloyd and its mission, go to

What: SustainFloyd screens “Gasland” and offers desserts. Event sponsored by AECP
When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013
Where: Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust St., Floyd, VA
Who: Everyone invited! $5 donation/Movie and donations for desserts and beverages

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