2013-09-12 / Community

Anti-fracking activist to address local Universalists

Issue is hotbutton topic throughout state


CLIMATE CHANGE LEADER—Lance Simmens, state director of Gasland Grassroots, is scheduled to speak Sun., Sept. 22 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on the subject of hydraulic fracturing. 
Courtesy of CVUUF CLIMATE CHANGE LEADER—Lance Simmens, state director of Gasland Grassroots, is scheduled to speak Sun., Sept. 22 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on the subject of hydraulic fracturing. Courtesy of CVUUF A community forum will address health and environmental issues surrounding fracking—the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to fracture shale rocks and extract oil and natural gas—at 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park.

Lance Simmens, state director of Gasland Grassroots, will discuss what Californians should know about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. His organization is spreading awareness about issues raised in the documentary film “Gasland Part II,” which aired on HBO in July.

The film by Josh Fox revisits communities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming where his 2010 film “Gasland” showed residents near fracking sites coping with polluted water and chronic illnesses.

Simmens served as a senior advisor to Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania for eight years during a fracking boom in the state. He was one of the first climate change leaders trained by Al Gore and the Climate Project in 2006.

The Community Forum is open to the public and free; donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit forum.cvuuf.org or call (805) 374-9818.

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