Local Documentary That Captures Pipeline Protests To Be Screened Next Month

Image by Concerned Citizens of Allegany County/Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL.

ALFRED – A locally produced documentary chronicling a stand against the Northern Access Pipeline (NAPL) that is proposed to stretch from Pennsylvania to Buffalo will be shown next month in honor of Earth Day.

The documentary produced by Salamanca filmmaker Dr. Jason Corwin, Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL, details outrage against the National Fuel Pipeline that made headlines recently when protesters took to the streets in Williamsville.

In 2015, National Fuel announced their plan to build a nearly 100 mile pipeline to transport gas throughout North America. Protest surrounds the pipeline that would cross Cattaraugus Creek, something the fuel company says is already being done by similar approved pipelines.

NatFuel.com map graphic.

The Northern Access Pipeline, according to filmmakers, would also cross 180 streams, 270 wetlands and seven ponds in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Erie counties, carrying highly-pressurized fracked gas from the drilling fields in Pennsylvania to Buffalo and then into Canada for export to other nations.

The documentary also focuses on the journey of protesters from the Seneca Territory to Standing Rock North Dakota. In 2016, grassroots protest movement began voicing outrage against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Documentary producers follow groups from around the world while they “stand with Standing Rock” against that pipeline.

The Salamanca filmmaker and Executive Director of the Seneca Media and Communications Center Dr. Jason Corwin will take audience questions after the screening.

Image by Concerned Citizens of Allegany County.

Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL will be shown on Thurs., April 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. as part of a weekly Critical Cinema Film Series, at Holmes Auditorium, in Harder Hall at Alfred University. To learn more about the film, its makers and the issues surrounding water protection, visit www.denyingaccess.com.

Concerned Citizens of Allegany County is co-sponsoring the event.

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