This compelling Emmy Award winning documentary shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine having little recourse, other than accepting an unregulated industry in your backyard.
Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.
Red Rock Pictures, 2009, 76 minutes www.splitestate.com
February 27 at 5:45 PM
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This event is co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival, Stegner Environmental Center and Green Stacks Program of the San Francisco Public Library.
A discussion on fracking in California will follow the screening. Find out the latest up-to-the minute information on what is happening in this State and how you can get involved.
Will Rostov, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Will has been a staff attorney in Earthjustice’s California office since April 2008. Following graduation from Oberlin College, he worked for the National Wildlife Federation, the Pesticide Action Network and Greenpeace. After leaving Greenpeace, Will struggled to find the right niche and then took the well-trodden path to law school. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996.
After three years at a boutique litigation firm that specialized in antitrust and class actions, Will returned to his environmental roots and spent five years working on environmental justice issues and challenging large industrial polluters as a staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment. He then became senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety, litigating cutting-edge genetically engineered crop cases.
At Earthjustice, Will focuses on state law and regional approaches to energy and global warming issues.