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Viewing of spOILed, Gaslands- Debunking the Myths with COGA President

posted Feb 14, 2012, 8:14 AM by Next Generation O&G Professionals   [ updated Mar 12, 2012, 10:38 AM ]
We initially were showing Gaslands: A film by Josh Fox, but once Gaslands heard that the showing was for the benefit of the Oil & Gas Industry, they revoked our license to show the film.  Below is more information.
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Dear NGOGP members Gasland event registrants,


We need to inform you that our license for a public screening of Gasland was accepted when we initially announced our event, and has now been revoked by the Gasland organizers because the event was “being held for the benefit of oil and gas industry representatives.” We received the following email from Gasland:

It has come to our attention that your screening is being held for the benefit of oil and gas industry representatives.

It is our firm policy not to accept money from the industry as it presents a conflict of interest for us.

Therefore, we are sorry to inform you that we must revoke permission to screen the film. 

Any monies you have sent to us will be returned to you in a timely manner. 

We’re sorry for any inconvenience. 

Thank you,


David Braun


We are disappointed to say the least in their handling of this matter, but to avoid legal complications and confrontations at this point, we are asking that you individually rent or see the movie before the event at 2:30pm on March 14th. It would be beneficial for you to have viewed the movie before the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) presentation.  You can rent the movie at Blockbuster, or Netflix, and on you can watch instantly on your computer for $2.99.


In lieu of Gasland, we have secured permission to show the movie spOILed instead. If you have not heard about this movie, it is full of good and interesting oil and gas facts, and something everyone in our industry should see ( 


The cost to NGOGP to view spOILed is $5 per person that we did not put in our preliminary budget for this event. Since we initially made this event free to you as the attendees we are not requiring payment, but simply asking for you to contribute $5 at the event if you can, to help cover the screening costs. There will still be a networking hour sponsored by NGOGP after spOILed and the COGA speaker.


We are sorry that we have had to alter our event, but it was a legal issue that was out of our hands. We do not agree with the audience censorship of Gasland. This discrimination against our industry should inspire us all, as oil and gas representatives, to help organizations like COGA and the makers of spOILed who are trying desperately to educate the general public on the truths of oil and gas.


If this alteration in schedule causes you to change your mind about attending the event, please email us at

If you have not signed up for the event, but would like to attend, please visit the NGOGP Webpage .


Thank you for your understanding and continued support,

The NGOGP Board

Next Generation O&G Professionals,
Feb 14, 2012, 8:22 AM