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A short film called “The Ethics of Fracking” produced by Scott Cannon, a Plymouth videographer and member of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, will premiere 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19, in the McGowan School of Business, Burke Auditorium on the King’s College campus.


The screening is sponsored by the King’s College Green Initiative and the Environmental Club. A question-and-answer period will be held after the viewing, and several people interviewed in the film will be in attendance.


Cannon said he got the idea for the film while attending a debate forum on shale gas drilling at a school in Kingston.


“I was disappointed that the organizers didn’t ask any of us from the GDAC to participate, since we are the area’s leading experts in the negative effects of gas drilling,” Cannon said.


Cannon was intrigued by one of the panelists, Bernard Prusak, an ethics professor at King’s College.


“I never really considered looking at the fracking process through an academic, ethics or moral perspective, but it all made perfect sense,” Cannon said.


The 40-minute film asks ethical and moral questions of the controversial gas-extraction method of fracking by looking at it from many different perspectives including scientific, medical, religious and political. Advertising techniques used by the industry are critiqued in the film.

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