Water crisis presentation to be made in Tulsa by Sierra Clubs


The Sierra Clubs of Oklahoma and Green Country contend there is a Tulsa drinking water crisis that should not be ignored.

The two clubs are planning a public Water Crisis Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Tulsa.The event will begin with a documentary film “Right to Harm” followed by an expert panel.

The event will examine and discuss the current water contamination caused by what the Sierra Club calls “an invasion of hundreds of mega corporate chicken farms into Delaware and Mayes Counties.”

The panel will include Rep Melodye Blancett of House District 78 who authored a bill in the most recent legislative sessionrequiring setbacks for chicken houses from occupied buildings; Pam Richardson, leader of Green Country Guardians; and attorney Kelly Hunter Foster who represents the national Waterkeeper Association.

The feature film documentary is “RIGHT TO HARM,” an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States, told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities– “When pushed to their limit, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.”

The Sierra Club explained that “RIGHT TO HARM” tracks the tribulations and triumphs of rural residents across America who are victims of the past 50 years of agricultural consolidation and the consequential laws that now govern the land. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

Two new short documentaries, “BIG CHICKEN, THIRSTY CHICKEN,” and “JUST CHICKEN FEED” from local documentary filmmakers Scott Swearingen and Steve Herrin will also be shown.

The event will take place at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis in Tulsa with an opening reception at 6 p.m. The “Right to Harm” documentary will be screened at 7 p.m.