Please join us for the premiere of “Sacred Land, Sacred Water: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley” at our September Sierra Club & Root Beer on Friday, Sept. 7, in Albuquerque.
The documentary is produced by filmmakers Lewis Jacobs and Craig Barth with geologist Don Phillips telling the story of the imminent threat by the oil and gas industry to pass an ordinance that endangers residents in Sandoval County.
Sandoval and Bernalillo County residents depend on the Albuquerque Basin aquifer for their fresh water. Sacred Land, Sacred Water demonstrates the dangers — specific to the Albuquerque Basin — that hydraulic fracking poses to the aquifer, which provides drinking water to nearly 800,000 residents.
After Sandoval County commissioners voted down the first dangerous oil and gas ordinance proposed by the oil and gas lobby in December, this summer the oil and gas industry has introduced a new pro-industry ordinance to the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission, where it is currently under review. The oil and gas lobby is exerting its powers to expedite passage. The industry has also initiated an ad campaign in an attempt to convince the public that fracking is safe.
Sandoval County is still at high risk of passing an oil and gas ordinance that threatens all our drinking water.
Join us Sept. 7 to hear updates from filmmaker Craig Barth, who will tell us the latest about what is happening in Sandoval County, and citizen activist Mike Neas, who will tell us about efforts to craft an oil and gas ordinance for Bernalillo County — it is only a matter of time until oil and gas companies will seek to frack in this county too.
What: “Sacred Land, Sacred Water” at Sierra Club and Root Beer
When: 6:15-8 p.m. Friday, September 7
Where: Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Drive SE
Light refreshments (including root beer floats) and snacks will be provided.
For more information or to RSVP: Contact Miya King-Flaherty, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org.