Documentary on natural gas and hydraulic fracturing airs this weekend

If you’re new to the issue of natural gas development or still confused by the plethora of information about the consequences of drilling, you may want to grab some popcorn and check out the new documentary Split Estate airing this Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Planet Green. The film will also re-air the following Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern. Watch the trailer.

Split Estate takes a wide look at the realities of natural gas development, including issues of who owns underground minerals, Clean Water Act exemptions, and hydraulic fracturing. The film uses Garfield County, Colorado as a case study, but notes that natural gas is booming across the country, and is beginning to threaten New York City’s drinking water supply.

Split Estate banner.

If you’re a film buff, you’ll be pleased to know that Split Estate has been traveling the film circuits this year, showing at SILVERDOCS and IDA’s DocuWeeks.

Hopefully, seeing the consequences of natural gas development through a new, visual medium will spur our elected officials to act and make sure that all energy development is subject to regulations that protect our ecosystems and families.

You can find out more about what The Wilderness Society is working on with regard to natural gas drilling by checking out our posts on hydraulic fracturing and “doing it right ” for natural gas.