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Live appearance by Sundance Film Festival-winning director Josh Fox

WARREN, Pa., (May 14, 2010) — The Boonies International, an Independent Film Festival at Warren, PA announces the presentation of the Josh Fox film Gasland at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren, PA on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 1:30 PM (doors open 1:00 PM); and in Bradford, PA at the University of Pittsburgh at 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00PM). Warren and Bradford are two of 20 stops on the filmmakers’ grassroots tour with his film through Pennsylvania and New York, in a run-up to its June 21st HBO premiere. The event is part of an ongoing series of independent films being screened in Warren as a means of introducing the community to the world of independent film.

The Struthers Library Theater (302 West 3rd Avenue, Warren, PA )
will host the first screening on June 6th—a Sunday matinee. Theatre doors will open at 1:00 PM. Local musician Stan Barton will perform on stage prior to the screening of the film, which will begin promptly at 1:30 PM. A panel discussion and Q& A with Fox; Ben Price, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network Projects Director; and Paul Burroughs, Environmental Attorney

The Environmental Studies Club at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA) will host the evening show on June 6th with doors opening at 6:00 PM. There will be a short introductory performance for the film, which begins showing at 6:30 PM. The Q&A panel described above will also follow the evening show.

The hosting coalition includes the Allegheny Defense Project, Bradford Earth Day, the Lake Erie Group of the Sierra Club Public Lands Action Team, the Niagara Group of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Studies Club at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Friends of Rimrock, Good People Gather, Presque Isle Audubon Society, Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club, Allegheny Outdoor Adventures, Save Our Streams, The Pennsylvania
Steelhead Association, Moshannon Group of the Sierra Club, Earth Action and other community groups. The 20-city screening tour is co-organized by Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Catskill Mountainkeeper and Earthjustice. Read More


Jeff Clark, The Boonies Executive Director
814.723.1952, jeffclark1952@verizon.net

Cathy Pedler, Allegheny Defense Project, Forest Watch Coordinator
Lake Erie Group of the Sierra Club Public Lands Action Team
814-454-7523, cpedler@alleghenydefense.org

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mountain_r1_c3USFS (Warren, PA)—The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is inviting the public (THIS MEANS YOU!) to comment on impacts to the forest’s landscape due to private oil and gas development. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the ANF is required to follow a process that informs the public and takes comment from the public when they make decisions and take actions on public land. Currently, the ANF is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The public should prepare written comments on the materials listed under Notice of Intent and Proposed Action (#1 – #16).

The maps and proposed action represent a fraction of the oil and gas development that is likely to occur on the forest in the next 2 to 5 years, however; even these numbers are staggering for the areas that are reported. Many of the oil and gas companies who own mineral rights under the forest and who plan to drill there have withheld their plans. “…The Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association has strongly encouraged members not to provide information to the Forest Service,” reports Steve Rhodes, the president of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM), in a letter to community and government leaders in McKean, Warren, Elk, and Forest Counties.
POGAM POGAM argues that the federal government and the citizens of the United States have no authority to regulate them in anyway on the surface of our federal, public lands (our forests, our streams, our habitat).

The deadline for public comment on the EIS is August 21st. The next public briefing on the EIS is August 18th on a noon conference call Dial 1-877-939-0384, passcode 9408961#. To subscribe to the Allegheny National Forest Transition EIS email list, send a message to anf_transition_eis@fs.fed.us requesting to be added to the list.

Comments should be directed to:

Lois DeMarco
Allegheny National Forest
4 Farm Colony Drive
Warren, PA 16365

Source: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/projects/OGM_eis/step_1/index.php

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