Friday, November 11, 2011

Sustainability Film Series: Split Estates - Nov 14th!

Monday, November 14: Film Series – Split Estate 7pm @ Rec Center 3250

Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new natural gas drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities, and their health.  Exempt from federal protections like the Clean Water Act, the oil and gas industry has left the idyllic landscape of Garfield County, Colorado pockmarked with abandoned homes and polluted waters.  One resident demonstrates the degree of benzene contamination in a mountain stream by setting it alight with a match.  

As the industry aggressively seeks new leases in as many as 32 states (including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York), Split Estate cracks the sugarcoating on an industry touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels, and poignantly drives home the need for real alternatives.  

See for more information.  Anyone interested in the current debate on fracking in the Marcellus Shale should find this documentary a must-see.

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