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COLORADO PUBLIC TELEVISION TO AIR SPLIT ESTATE, A FILM ABOUT OIL & GAS DEVELOPMENT IN THE WEST

Live In-studio Guests include Filmmaker Debra Anderson and
live streaming continuing through June 12 on CPT12.org.


May 30, 2013 (Denver, CO): Colorado Public Television (CPT12, PBS) presents the award-winning documentary Split Estate, a riveting look at a David vs. Goliath confrontation unfolding in communities throughout the US, on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. MDT with live streaming that continues through June 12 on CPT12.org/SplitEstate.

The film maps a tragedy in the making as citizens in the path of a new domestic drilling boom struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. The broadcast includes interview segments with filmmaker Debra Anderson and Live in-studio guests including:
 
* Phil Doe, Water Expert, Former Bureau of Reclamation - Water Policy
* Weston Wilson, EPA Whistleblower
* Xiuhtezcatl – 12 year old Earth Guardians’ Spokesperson
* FrActivists from Colorado activist groups including What the Frack?! Arapahoe, and Denver Community Rights groups

Natural gas is being sold to the American public as the answer to all of our energy woes. It's championed by industry and politicians on both sides of the aisle as "the clean fossil fuel," and "the bridge fuel," as we look to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on foreign oil.

In the midst of the hype, Split Estate shows there is no such thing as a "clean" fossil fuel. Nor, is there clean extraction, as citizens on the frontlines of the drilling boom will attest.

"Split Estate tells a powerful story about Americans living with the dirty side of oil and gas development in their own backyards," states Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“CPT12 is proud to bring this compelling documentary that covers the issues that are relevant in Colorado today to help provide access to the stories of individuals who are directly impacted, and to create a forum for public discussion,” said Shari Bernson, Development Director for CPT12.

Split Estate premiered in August 2009 at DocuWeeks in New York City and Los Angeles, and had its world television premier in October 2009 on Planet Green, a network of Discovery Communications. Since its national broadcast, the film has been having an impact in communities throughout the US, particularly in those challenged by the presence of the industry.

Filmmaker Debra Anderson, a long-time editor for the film and television industry, began to shoot Split Estate after reading about Laura Amos from Garfield County, Colorado, who developed a rare adrenal tumor after drilling commenced in her neighborhood. Anderson was moved to tell the story of a growing number of people, like Laura, who are experiencing serious health effects associated with drilling practices.

Anderson affirms, "I wanted to create a tool to educate communities about the true costs and long-term consequences of socially and environmentally irresponsible drilling. I wanted to give citizens information that will empower them to take action and work with each other and policymakers to protect their health, their rights, and their land."

Split Estate is a presentation of Red Rock Pictures, a production company dedicated to the creation of documentaries that explore deeply felt human stories about the environment, energy and human rights.

The program airs and live streams on Colorado Public Television with its broadcast on Wednesday June 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. MDT; streaming on CPT12.org continues until Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. MDT. CPT12.org/SplitEstate.

To view the Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvT4PycSAPk

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