Split Estate is a compelling Emmy Award winning documentary showing the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. In South Africa, as in the western US, the state owns all the mineral rights below ground. “Split Estate”, the documentary, is an eye-opening examination of the consequences and conflicts that can arise between surface land owners and the state, when the energy and minerals are extracted.
Earthlife Africa (Cape Town) will be hosting a screening of the documentary ‘Split Estate’ at 18h15 on Monday 12 March, at the Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
Earthlife Africa Cape Town is deeply concerned that this unsustainable process called fracking (drilling for gas, which is poised to happen over a third of our country) will go ahead, leading to widespread devastation to both the natural world as well as lead to multiple and wide ranging human rights violations, mainly due to the potential for water pollution. Given the importance of both public awareness, and the need to reach more people everywhere, this viewing is being held.
What others have said of this film:
“This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy while preserving the priceless elements of cultural heritage, private enterprise above-ground, and the precious health not only of people but the land itself” (Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico)
“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)
“‘Split Estate’ is a must-see film for any elected official who deals with natural resources issues and the impact that oil & gas extraction can have on a community. Anyone who sees the film will be changed by the experience – for the better.” (Brian Egolf, New Mexico State Representative).