"Haynesville: A Nation"s Hunt for Energy" takes place in the Louisiana backwoods, and follows the momentous discovery of the largest natural gas field in the United States (and maybe the world). The film examines the historic find (a formation called the "Haynesville Shale") from the personal level as well as from the higher perspective of the current energy picture and pending energy future.
As the Haynesville boom erupts, the film focuses on three lives caught in the middle of the find: A single mom takes up the defense of her community"s environmental protections, an African-American preacher attempts to use the riches to build a Christian school and a salt-of-the-earth, self-described "country boy" finds himself conflicted as he weighs losing his land to an oil company"s offer to make him a millionaire.
From a broader perspective, Haynesville explores the current energy situation and what something the scale of the Haynesville (170 trillion cubic feet or the equivalent of 28 billion barrels of oil) could mean to the United States" energy picture. In a never-seen-before on-screen discussion, environmentalists, academics and oil and gas industry folks hash out the idea of trying to find cleaner energy sources and how this natural gas could possibly help provide an energy answer.
Following a screening of "Haynesville: A Nation's Hunt for Energy," the audience is invited to stay for a panel discussion featuring the film's director Greg Kallenberg, Amy Myers Jaffe and Ken Medlock of the Baker Institute Energy Forum, and Bruce Palfreyman, development manager at Shell's Haynesville Gas Operation.
This event is part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series.