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‘Gasland Part II’ showing at Smoot Sept. 4

The Rappahannock Group Sierra Club will host the showing of “Gasland Part II” on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Smoot Memorial Library. The movie, which lasts 125 minutes, begins at 6 p.m.

It premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and shows “how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today,” according to an email from Tammy Indseth. She’s a King George resident who is concerned about fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the process of inject water and chemicals deep underground to loosen trapped gas. She and a group of friends organized a public viewing of “Gasland” in July at the Smoot Library.

The sequel argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and “that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate,” according to the email from Indseth.