“Fracking” Controversy Spreads Overseas

by Mike Mcdonnough on March 8, 2011

in Miscellaneous News

Since its release last year, the documentary Split Estate has made giant steps to spread awareness on an important environmental story about the health risks associated with the controversial natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”). As concerns of this dangerous practice continue to grow on U.S. soil, we learn that the issue is starting to affect people across the globe. In a recent report for Yale e360, Ben Schiller investigates how much of an international problem “fracking” has become. 

“companies have set their sights on Europe and its abundant reserves of this “unconventional” gas. But from Britain to Poland, critics warn of the potentially high environmental cost of this looming energy boom... As the industry takes off, however, critics are raising flags about the environmental ramifications, especially at a time when Europe is supposed to be shifting to a more sustainable energy portfolio.”

Read more about the controversial industry in the Yale e360 full story here.

Janson Media’s Split Estate: Natural Gas Drilling in Your Backyard (1 x 76′) also offers a comprehensive look at how the drilling boom has affected the United States. Imagine discovering that you don’t own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine having little recourse, other than accepting an unregulated industry in your backyard. Narrated by actress Ali McGraw, Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

Zeroing in on Garfield County, Colorado, and the San Juan Basin, this clarion call for accountability examines the growing environmental and social costs to an area now referred to as a “National Sacrifice Zone.” While the movement has made tremendous strides with its awareness campaign, the efforts for global reach have just begun. Viewers and activists can learn more about donations and other ways to take action on the Split Estate website.