Split Estate – Friday 6:30pm – Firehouse 5

Courtesy of “Split Estate”, Red Rock Pictures


Split Estate will screen this Friday, February 12th, at 6:30 P.M. in the Community Room of Longmont Firehouse #5 at Airport and Nelson Roads.

Director Debra Anderson will be present to answer audience questions following the screening.

Split Estate is a compelling documentary that maps a tragedy in the making, as citizen in the path of the new drilling boom in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

Close to home, hydraulic fracturing, or fracing as it is frequently known, is occurring on farmland east of Union Reservoir and Longmont .

“Split Estate is a moving portrait that highlights important questions regarding the safety of hydraulic fracturing near our local communities.”

U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, Colorado

  1 comment for “Split Estate – Friday 6:30pm – Firehouse 5

  1. Greg Iwan
    March 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “Frac-ing” is so necessary to release natural gas from “tight” (fine-textured, thin-bedded) shale formations, especially when there is an oversupply of gas and the stock options of natural gas operators’ execs are at stake. Just ask the industry. Maybe they hope to make up with volume what is lost on price per MCF (thousand cubic feet; everyone else uses a “k” for 1,000, but not the squeezers; you’d have to ask them why). Gas isn’t like oil; it’s pretty simple to “shut in” crude production (that’s what happened to many of those jackleg pumps you see dotting the plains east and southeast of Longmont). Gas is difficult, because if you shut off the flow at the wellhead it might not start up again on its own. More frac-ing? When you read “reserve” figures from the natural-gas companies, remember two things: first, reserves are not resources — the latter implies economic recovery, while the former is theoretical supply in situ; second, the recovery rate in most fields, notwithstanding frac-ing, is in the neighborhood of thirty per cent. So you can find quite a bit (drill here; drill now!). The key questions are, can you deliver it, and can we burn it?

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