Our Second Gas Land Part II Screening event was held in the Community Room of Swain County's Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.
This event is part of a Western NC citizen mobilization in response to news that the DENR Mining and Energy Commission plans to explore fracking in the Murphy Basin (a geologic formation that lies under the seven western-most North Carolina counties, including the majority of Swain County). Fracking has become one of the most devastating examples of corporate profiteering happening in neighborhoods across our country. Corporations’ control of government prevents fracking regulations.
Even prior to the film there was a lively discussion, including pointed questions from the group about recent General Assembly measures to make it a felony for anyone to disclose the chemicals used in NC fracking. Afterwards attendees asked for additional screenings and meeting to further strategize.
They were among a group that has since attended a "Tribe-permitted" protest against fracking and other issues outside the GOP State Convention held at the Cherokee Reservation's Harrah's Casino on June 7th. The following Tuesday (June 10), they helped form a contingent who spoke before the Swain County Commissioners. The Commissioners unanimously agreed to stand with the citizens in opposition to fracking in WNC and specifically in Swain County.
At least two more venues have been secured for future Gasland screenings. Also attendees signed both Move to Amend and anti-fracking petitions before they departed.