Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shale Drama in the Northeast

No, I'm not talking about the growing water wars or the NIMBYism in the NY/PA region but a new HBO series about the "gas rush" in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. Reuters reported a couple months ago about a new series, as of yet unnamed, written and produced by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo focusing on the many tensions of the possible gas boom in rural New York. The series is based on an article in New York Magazine by David France, who lives in the area.

Recently, I reported on seeing the excellent documentary Haynesville. At the time I said it was the world premiere. It was actually the pre-world premiere, as the official world premiere is today in Sheffield, England at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The HBO series sounds interesting (the tension between the various landowners, the unknown resource beneath their feet, the environmental concerns, etc.). With the proliferation of shale gas in the U.S. it is becoming a more universal issue.

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