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Event: Community College of Philadelphia Saturday, February 19, 2011 GASLAND screenings & speaker schedule of events

February 13, 2011

The Saturday February 19th event on shale gas drilling runs from 9am to 4pm and includes two screenings of GASLAND (9:00 AM and 1:15 pm); The Honorable Councilman Curtis Jones will speak at 11:00am after the first screening.  Protecting Our Waters Director Iris Marie Bloom will speak after the second screening at about 3 pm.

Community College of Philadelphia

Welcome to Law and Society Week 2011

The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at the Community College of Philadelphia will be presenting seminars that are free and open to the public in celebration of Law and Society Week.  Law and Society Week will begin Monday, February 28, 2011 through Friday, March 4, 2011 (the week prior to Spring Break).  This is our 12th year of offering a week of legal events, designed for the College family and broader community offers something for everyone from lectures and presentations, to student voices, legal resources and so much more!  Many events are certified for continuing legal education credits for Pennsylvania.  We believe that you will find this year’s events to be exciting and informative, and hope that you and your students will show your support for the Center for Law and Society by attending the workshops.

Attached is a schedule of events for Law and Society Week.  For more information please visit our website at

Special pre-event revised/updated schedule – as of February 11, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Natural Gas in Pennsylvania – Economic boon…disaster… or both?

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Center for Business and Industry building, Room C2-5 (second floor)
18th & Callowhill Streets
Community College of Philadelphia 

Pay parking garage is located just north of the building with entrances on both 18th and 17th Streets.

via SEPTA: closest subway stop Spring Garden Street (Broad Street Line) – walk west, then south on 18th Street
Route 2 bus – Callowhill Street stop

The Marcellus Shale, a natural rock formation that lies under much of Pennsylvania, holds one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world. Current horizontal hydraulic fracturing methods (commonly known as “fracking”) extract the natural gas from shale deposits that were previously inaccessible by conventional drilling.  Recent developments have greatly expanded the numbers of actual and potential drilling sites in Pennsylvania and the Delaware River basin and have heightened environmental and public safety concerns. Guest speakers will highlight a host of legal and ethical questions following each showing of the film, Gasland.

Moderator: Margaret T. Stephens, associate professor, Social Science

(3.75 CLE substantive hours)

A film by Josh Fox, Gasland (107 minutes)

Gasland film screenings and discussions 9am & 1:15pm

Screenings at 9:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., followed by discussions

This Sundance award-winning documentary by filmmaker Josh Fox illuminates disturbing consequences of natural gas drilling. Fox’s film—inspired when the gas company came to his hometown—alleges chronic illness, toxic wastes, explosions, and regulatory missteps.


9:00 a.m. first screening of Gasland

11:00 a.m. The Honorable Curtis Jones, Councilman for the 4th District, City of Philadelphia, Chair of the Committee of Transportation & Public Utilities, Member of the Committee to the Environment, Philadelphia Gas commissioner and author of the Philadelphia City Council Marcellus Shale Report

12:15-1:15 informal discussion, lunch on your own, light refreshments provided

1:15 p.m. second screening of Gasland

3:00 p.m. Iris Marie Bloom, founder and director of Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based grassroots alliance committed to protecting the Delaware River watershed, and host of Frack Radio: The Shale Gas Report, a weekly program airing on WFTE radio near Scranton, Pennsylvania.


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