About the Film

SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley

This multimedia documentary is the story of science and citizens working together to resist the oil and gas lobby’s efforts to pass a fracking-friendly ordinance in Sandoval County, New Mexico - threatening the sole drinking water aquifer for the population of the greater Albuquerque area.

We created SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER specifically to counter the impending threat to our drinking water in order to inform and educate all policy makers and residents about the unique subsurface geology that makes fracking here, in the active Rio Grande Rift, a serious peril.

Officially released in September 2018, SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER is a Call to Action to all residents and policy makers in the greater Albuquerque area to protect our water by acting to prevent horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking in our region!

Inspired by the geologist and best selling author, Donald T. Phillips, this documentary includes interviews of concerned citizens, clips of public testimony, and a highly-illustrated presentation of the subsurface geology of the Rio Grande Rift as well as of the techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking.  Animated sequences demonstrate the dangers fracking poses to the one, continuous aquifer underlying the entire Albuquerque Basin, which provides 85% of the drinking water to over 800,000 residents.

Illuminated throughout SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER are the confluences unique to the Rio Grande Valley.  In addition to emphasizing the confluence of our water with the unique subsurface geological formations, the film highlights our region’s enduring cultures - our Native American, Spanish, and European traditions, each contributing distinct influences in faith and spirit, architecture and the arts, song and dance, science and technology, and more to the beating heart of our Valley.  Integral to the conflux of water, geology and cultures, our thriving local food movement actively supports the healthy confluence of the Earth and all living beings within the Rio Grande ecosystem.

The film concludes with a rousing call to action.

SACRED LAND, SACRED WATER is being called “A celebration of the soul of New Mexico!”

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