350 Central Colorado presents award winning film
**Film on Tar Sands Project Set for Aug. 2** 350 Central Colorado will present the latest in a series of films exploring environmental issues Sunday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd., Salida. Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier focuses on plans to mine almost a million acres of tar sands and oil shale deposits across eastern Utah, affecting Colorado and Wyoming, the activists fighting the plan, and related issues.
The project, the film says, also would jeopardize the environmental health of the White, Green and Colorado Rivers, a concern for residents, rafting companies and enthusiasts, fishers and other stakeholders who rely on a clean water resource.
The documentary asserts it would jeopardize drinking water quality and quantity for thirty-six million people downstream, would increase already substantial air pollution in Salt Lake City, and accelerate climate change. Last Rush for the Wild West was named one of the 10 Best Eco-Docs of 2014 by EcoWatch. It also earned the Audience Appeal Award from Moab International Film Festival and the award for best film about energy issues at Cinema Verde Film Festival in Florida. The State of Utah approved the commercial tar sands mine at PR Spring, the producers say, despite the adverse impacts to human health caused by extensive tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada. The film documents that Utah required no studies on whether area groundwater is safe from the pollution, nor require water quality monitoring of springs near the site.
Last Rush for the Wild West highlights a contingent of local Utah citizens, and indigenous leaders from tar sands impacted communities in Canada, as they encourage Americans to reject this impending project.
Last Rush for the Wild West will be shown at six p.m. Aug. 2. The film is 50 minutes long, and will by followed by a public discussion session. There is no charge for the award-winning film, but a $5 donation is suggested. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Robert Parker at 719-942-4389.