Viewers learn about the health effects of natural gas and oil drilling on Garfield County, Colorado, residents in this video segment adapted from the independent film Split Estate. In the 1990s, people there started to complain that toxic compounds released by nearby drilling were making them sick by affecting their water supply. Resident Laura Amis, whose drinking water was poisoned by drilling, developed an adrenal tumor. Experts explain how oil and gas industries are exempt from some federal regulations. Many wells have been drilled since the 1990s, and more continue to be planned.
This media asset was adapted from Split Estate/Red Rock Pictures, LLC.