Josh Fox, director of GASLAND, the Oscar-nominated HBO documentary about natural gas drilling, will lead a panel discussion about the environmental effects on natural gas drilling in Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Staples Auditorium at Hendrix College.

The documentary will be shown at 7 tonight in Worsham Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center at Hendrix.

Fox’s appearance will be two days after the Academy Awards. His film was nominated in the documentary category.

Also expected to participate in the discussion is Mayor Calvin Tillman of Dish, Texas, who is featured in the film.

Mayor Tillman also will speak about environmental effects on his city at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Mills Auditorium.

Fox will be available for interviews.  

In talking about his film, Fox has said:

"GASLAND exposes the disaster being caused across the U.S. by the largest domestic natural gas drilling campaign history and how the contentious Halliburton-developed drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking threatens the water supply of millions.

"Fracking is a whole-scale industrialization process that pumps millions of gallons of toxic material directly into the ground. Thousands of documented contamination cases show the harmful chemicals used have been turning up in people’s water supplies in fracking areas all over the map.

"We stand behind the testimonials, facts, science and investigative journalism in the film 100 percent," Fox wrote recently.

"Affirming GASLAND" is posted on Fox’s website: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com.

Fox has received numerous awards including the Sundance Film Festival Award and the Yoko Ono/John Lennon Peace Prize.

For more information about Fox’s Hendrix visit, call Matthew Moran, at Hendrix, 501-450-3814 Moran@hendrix.edu

(Becky Harris can be reached at 505-1234 or becky.harris@thecabin.net)