When we think dirty energy, we often think coal — but a new documentary’s showing that even natural gas has its dirty side. Split Estate reveals the fight happening over natural gas in the Rocky Mountain West, where a new drilling boom has citizens worried about not just their environment, but also their health — and their civil liberties too.
Exempt from federal protections like the Clean Water Act, the oil and gas industry has left this idyllic landscape and its rural communities pockmarked with abandoned homes and polluted waters. One Garfield County resident demonstrates the degree of benzene contamination in a mountain stream by setting it alight with a match. Many others, gravely ill, fight for their health and for the health of their children. All the while, the industry assures us it is a “good neighbor.”
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