Pennsylvanians’ Personal Shale Stories Told in “Gas Rush Series” (And There is a Screening TONIGHT)

This photo, provided by Gas Rush Stories, is from the field.

This photo, provided by Gas Rush Stories, is from the field.

One man said the water source his cattle drank from was compromised during the Marcellus Shale drilling process, and showed pictures of a stillborn calf whose death he attributes to that tainted supply. A woman said that after drilling activities commenced near her home, her family began experiencing sore throats, nose bleeds and other ailments.

These are the stories of local folks told in a documentary format in a series called “Gas Rush Stories.”

“Shale gas drilling is the environmental question of our time and place. The purpose of ‘Gas Rush Stories’ is to create constructive dialogue about shale gas drilling and to approach the issue from various perspectives so that we as a society can make informed decisions,” according to information provided on the Facebook page associated with a screening happening TONIGHT.

The series is produced by an independent filmmaker and journalist named Kirsi Jansa, who is currently seeking funding for a 53-minute documentary based on those stories.

Titled “Gas Rush Stories Roundtable,” it has been described as “a story of a state that decided to take the fast lane in a global race to tap the world’s shale gas resources. It is also a story about democracy and the importance of openness and transparency in a society.”

It’s Pennsylvania’s story, folks.

Thanks to a grant from The Heinz Endowments and individual donors Kirsi has been able to produce 14 “Gas Rush Stories” episodes over the past few years — and they are available for FREE online at

But for those who would like to attend a 60-minute screening of the shorts, tonight’s the night. Did I mention there will also be a Q&A with Kirsi, as well as a community conversation afterward?

Here’s what you need to know if you want to go:

  • TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Nov. 21
  • WHERE: The Big Idea Bookstore, located at 4812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh
  • COST: Organizers suggest a donation of $5 to $10, but note that nobody will be turned away because of lack of funds.

Can’t make tonight’s screening? Other opportunities to learn about Gas Rush Stories can be found here.

Editor’s Note: I won’t be able to make it to the screening tonight. If anyone is going, and would like to write a column or review, please just email me at Thanks! -amanda

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2 thoughts on “Pennsylvanians’ Personal Shale Stories Told in “Gas Rush Series” (And There is a Screening TONIGHT)

  1. Dennis Smiddle says:

    Why is there a posting today for a lecture that was over yesterday?

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