Sunday, February 21, 2010

Film (Split Estate) explores drilling's hidden impact

Veronica M. Cruz | The New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010

"It's been nearly two years since Tecton Energy abandoned its plans to drill in the Galisteo Basin. But for communities in the Rocky Mountain region and several other states around the country, the battle between landowners and natural gas and oil companies is far from over.

In the documentary Split Estate, producer/director Debra Anderson, who lives in Santa Fe, focuses on the detrimental effects of the controversial deals that she says can wreak havoc on the environment and pose health threats to people in areas where drilling occurs.

"It was somewhat invisible because a lot of the big drilling is happening in big, unpopulated places," said Anderson in a telephone interview. "Then they started to creep into residential areas. A lot of people I talked to had been trying to get attention to this issue for a while."

Her film, which took three years to complete, focuses on the San Juan Basin in Northern New Mexico and Garfield County, Colo., and is narrated by fellow Santa Fean Ali McGraw." More>>>>



What: Screening of Split Estate
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail
Cost: $9.50; seniors, students and military, $8.50
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