The Powder River Basin Resource Council will hold their 39th Annual Meeting Saturday, November 5th with keynote speaker Josh Fox, creator of the film "Gasland".
Fox lives in Pennsylvania and was approached by a company that wanted to purchase leases for oil and gas extraction on his land. Fox's land lies over the top of the Marcellus Shale formation near Hawkins Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River.
Fox filmed his documentary, "Gasland", after traveling across the country, interviewing other landowners about how they had been negatively affected by hydraulic fracturing.
Fox interviewed PRBRC board member John Fenton as part of his film. Fenton said it gave him a chance to tell his story. He says that the issues relate to more than just one part of the country.
Though the practice has been around for years, the adverse effects of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, have been widely debated of late.
Now that an energy boom has resulted in the use of more fracking, Congress asked the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the practice and whether or not it pollutes drinking water, among other concerns. Results of the study are expected in late 2012.
Events at the PRBRC meeting Saturday begin at noon and will include an auction, dinner and the keynote address from Fox around 7 pm.
Registration is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. $40 includes a one-year membership. The event is at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan. Speaker-only admission for members is $10, and $15 for non-members.
The Powder River Basin Resource Council was started by "conservation minded" Wyoming farmers and ranchers concerned about the effects of coal mining on the environment.