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Premier of Split Estate at DocuWeeks 2009 to Call National Attention to Urban Drilling in New York and Los Angeles
Date:8/4/2009

m/tv/reel-impact/ is the new Saturday night documentary block, which launches on Planet Green on September 12th.

Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new oil and gas 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, the film examines the growing environmental and social costs to an area now referred to as a "National Sacrifice Zone."

"I could not believe that an energy company could come in on land that you own, and drill at will without your permission as close as 150 feet from your front door," remarks director and producer Debra Anderson. "For those of us living in the path of that industry and its potential to do real destruction to the environment and our health, it is impossible to remain silent."

So why the cause for concern in New York? Most New Yorkers are unaware of the industry's current bid to drill in the New York City watershed, which provides clean drinking water to millions. Similarly, most Angelenos are also unaware of the industry's long history of drilling throughout the city, even as citizen groups in Los Angeles have labored for years to counteract the toxic impacts of urban drilling.

A coalition of activist organizations in both cities, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and NY H20 will team up to take advantage of the film's premier at DocuWeeks 2009 to call attention to the toxic impacts of urban drilling.

Split Estate is the directorial debut for Anderson, a long-time editor for the film and television industry. In addition to ranchers, farmers and Western families, the film features environmental health experts, industry spokespeople and national policy makers, including Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and former U.S. Pr
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