Eagle Ford, Texas
EAGLE FORD, TEXAS, a documentary by Caroline Berler, follows members of a South Texas community as they deal with changes occurring in the region due to the drilling of the Eagle
Ford shale - the largest fracking boom in America today. Accounts of the
events vary among the characters.
The filmmaker, Caroline Berler, has personal ties to the land and region. Her family
has owned a ranch in Cotulla, Texas for decades. Long before the drillers
showed up, the area was known as a recreation destination, a place for hunting,
and serene weekend get-aways.
When Caroline hears that her father, Jeff Berler, one of the film’s main
characters, has made a deal with an oil company to begin drilling on their land,
she starts filming. Taking advantage of 24-access to the drilling site, she sets up
a time-lapse camera to document every stage of the process, and interview the
men working and living a quarter mile from the family’s ranch house. The
unique access leads her to stories that other filmmakers might not get. This personal
story is at the center of the film and is a springboard to explore changes in the
town, the impact on neighboring ranches, local onion farmers, and in the city
of San Antonio, where the filmmaker grew up.
Water is a key issue of the story since the region is prone to intense drought.
Fracking requires huge amounts of water, and dumping the frack water proves
to be one of the most dangerous stages. The film explores the
tension of balancing our need for energy and money with our responsibility to
maintain a safe living environment and avoid causing major damage the earth.
Along the way, events happen in the filmmaker’s personal life are
woven into the film, complicating the story further.
Last updated: Aug. 14, 2013