Local non-profit group, ArkansasFracking.org, is set to release “Land of Opportunity,” the documentary film series about fracking in the Fayetteville Shale.
The film will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
The Fayetteville Shale sits in North Central Arkansas.
Emily Lane, the film’s co-creator, said the Fayetteville Shale is home to about 200,000 people, cattle farms, and waterways that impact drinking water and food irrigation.
“The Fayetteville Shale is also home to about 4,500 natural gas wells, which are produced using the unconventional process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,” Lane said. “In Arkansas, up to 50,000 gallons of chemicals mixed with sand and water are injected underground to release trapped natural gas. Worldwide, fracking is shrouded in controversy and the Fayetteville Shale is no different.”
Lane said the first documentary in the series will introduce the filmmakers and highlight the link between the fracking process and the Guy/Greenbrier Earthquake Swarm, “a rash of 1300-plus tremors in Northern Faulkner County that began in late 2010 and culminated in a 4.7 magnitude earthquake in February of 2011.”
“The film explains what triggered the earthquakes, how state officials handled the situation, and what they knew from the beginning. The inaugural film also introduces other subjects such as water contamination, property rights, and conflicts of interest,” Lane said.
“Arkansas has historically promoted short-term economic gain over economic and environmental stainability. We live under the boom and bust mentality, and consequently we have seen some profit while others suffer. Residents across the state are increasingly battling against the negative impacts of misguided ‘opportunity.’ We can do better.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the screening will be followed by a 45-minute question and answer session.
Additional educational materials will be available.