Following coal’s decline in the Western Colorado, the North Fork Valley has been transitioning its economy away from extraction. But in 2020, under the Trump Administration’s Energy Dominance platform, 95% of public lands in the region’s headwaters were opened to fracking for oil and gas. This documentary follows concerned citizens in “The North Fork” who are pushing back against the threat of industrialization through a community-led, grassroots response.
Chat J. Reich is a videographer and photographer at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. This documentary was his final project in the M.F.A. in Communication Media from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.