Another entry in ‘Gasland’ saga due Monday
Josh Fox galvanized the U.S. anti-fracking movement with his incendiary 2010 documentary “Gasland.” Now he’s back with a sequel — and this time, he’s targeting an audience of just one.
“We want the president to watch the movie, and we want him to meet with the people who are in it,” says Fox, whose “Gasland Part II” makes its HBO debut Monday.
He contends President Barack Obama’s professed support of drilling and fracking for natural gas ignores the environmental and public health toll of the drilling boom: “It looks like he’s really sincere and earnest in his desire to take on climate change, but he’s got the completely wrong information and thus the completely wrong plan.”
“Part II” covers a lot of the same ground as the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated original, as Fox takes his banjo and camera on the road again to interview residents who say their air and water were contaminated by drilling.
What’s new here is the focus on what Fox sees as the drilling industry’s corrupting influence on politicians and regulators. In “Gasland Part II,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cast in the role of protector and defender.
Campers watch Egypt changes from afar
Nearly two-dozen Egyptians who arrived in Maine last month at a special camp aimed at helping Israeli and Arab teens overcome their differences will return home to a country that ousted its leader following the largest demonstrations seen in their homeland.
From more than 5,000 miles away, Egyptians at the Seeds of Peace camp have been trying to stay abreast of the latest developments, including Friday’s clashes that killed 30.
Counselor Mostafa Ismail, 22, from Cairo, said people were unhappy with the presidential ballot choices after the Arab Spring demonstrations led to the election of Morsi. He said the country now needs to take a deep breath to ensure history doesn’t repeat.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif.
Fireworks mishap injures about 40
For many people gathered to watch July Fourth fireworks at a Southern California park, it took time to realize the wild chain of explosions weren’t just part of the show.
But those up close Thursday night knew immediately that something was wrong. They included Paulina Mulkern, who had to shove her 4-year-old cousin under a lawn chair as shrapnel came flying then shielded a 7-year-old cousin with her body as scorching debris flew overhead.
“You feel the big old heat come right over your back,” Mulkern said Friday, still shaking a day after the chain reaction of accidental explosions at an annual fireworks show that had been put on since 1970 in Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles.
Thirty-nine people ranging in ages from 17 months to 78 years old were injured.
DANIA BEACH, Fla.
Crews rescue dog trapped under car hood
South Florida firefighters came to the rescue of a dog that traveled 5 miles while trapped under the hood of a car.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office says firefighters were called Thursday afternoon to Dania Beach to free the dog. The animal had been trapped between the car’s axle and steering mechanism.
A sheriff’s office spokesman says the dog suffered no injuries.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the dog became trapped.