NY Landowners Story Portrayed in Film Correcting Gasland

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Landowners Launch Educational Series on the Truth about Natural Gas

This nationwide trek mirrors the JLC's journey -to find the truth about natural gas development.

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) today announced that it will screen the newly released industry film, “Truthland” to groups across the Southern Tier who have been misled by the film, Gasland, by Josh Fox.

Asked by the filmmakers to find someone who could take this journey and telegraph it to thousands of landowners who also wanted to know the truth, JLC President Dan Fitzsimmons said, “I recommended my childhood friend, Shelly, because she had firsthand experience with a gas well on her property; a son who worked for the industry; and because she is originally from NY and wanted to help get the truth out about natural gas issues.”

In Truthland, various experts separate fact from fiction on issues surrounding natural gas development and fracking, such as water, use of chemicals, methane migration, and whether livestock, crops and people are affected. Some experts point out how Gasland was misleading and led to erroneous conclusions in an artful and folksy way that encouraged believability.

This nationwide trek mirrors the JLC’s journey –whose leaders have combed the Northeast looking for the truth about natural gas development. “This film validates and vindicates the JLC’s 70,000 members who have relied on facts and science and not bumper sticker slogans. We focused on substance surrounding natural gas drilling, and while seeing this film and its conclusions makes us angry that so many were led astray, we are empowered to keep pushing for fairness, truth, and our rights back,” said Fitzsimmons.

Beginning with an educational event with Former PA DEP Secretary John Hanger, in partnership with several endorsing County Farm Bureaus, the JLC will be holding a series of educational events around the Southern Tier to promote the truth about natural gas development, including clearing up the myths presented in Gasland.

About The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York
The mission of The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) is to foster, promote, advance and protect the common interest of the people as it pertains to natural gas development though education and best environmental practices. JLCNY gathers and provides factual, objective information about safe and responsible natural gas development to landowners and community members.

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