Senator Ball Joins Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker for Fracking Tour

Brewster, N.Y.  – (08/10/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is joining filmmaker Josh Fox for the taping of the documentary GASLAND 2. The film, the second in a series, is set to create public awareness about hydraulic fracturing. Also known as “hydrofracking” or “fracking,” hydraulic fracturing is a new method for natural gas drilling. The process, which involves the pumping of water, sand and chemicals into the ground and rock, has become controversial as environmental advocates warn about the dangers posed to people, animals and the environment.

“We are at a critical juncture here in New York, when it comes to hydrofracking, and there are many questions that should be answered before we jump forward,” said Senator Greg Ball. “My tour is part of a mission to get the facts on fracking, and work across the aisle to create the policies and legislation needed to protect our environment while contemporaneously creating jobs,” added Ball who is holding a hearing entitled, “Getting the Facts on Fracking” on August 23rd. Details on the hearing, which Fox is set to testify at, can be found by clicking here.

GASLAND premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film is currently on the film festival circuit and premiered on HBO on June 21, 2010. The Oscar-nominated Fox has been called on to talk about his experience in making GASLAND by Rolling Stones magazine, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

“In my three years of investigating fracking, it is clear that this is not a partisan issue on the ground,” said Fox. “Citizens who consider themselves Democrats and citizens who vote Republican alike are affected by the disastrous effects of hydrofracking on water, air and public health. In GASLAND, we document the stories of affected people regardless of their political affiliations. I am happy to have true support and honest investigation from representatives from either party because I am sure that once any public figure with a conscience sees the truth on the ground about fracking, they will have to speak about its harmful effects,” added Fox.

This weekend, Senator Ball and Fox will tour several Pennsylvania communities that have been affected by hydrofracking. The taping, which is taking place on Friday (8/12) and Saturday (8/13), will cover the counties of Ulster, Tioga, Bedford and Susquehanna.

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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