Sunday, April 11, 2010

Split Estate and M.I.T.'s Landman Report Card Offer Special Competition

Split Estate is teaming up with Landman Report Card, a project of MIT's Center for Future Civic Media, to present a special competition.

Landman Report Card (LRC) is giving away free Split Estate screening packages to the first three communities that submit 10 reports to the LRC website. LRC has already partnered with Red Rock Pictures to organize recent screenings in Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

Landman Report Card (LRC) is a web resource that helps people share and explore reports about interactions with landmen and the gas companies they represent. Those new to the gas drilling issue can use LRC to read about the experiences of others and connect with knowledgeable people in their communities, while those who have gone through the process of negotiating a lease can share their experiences to hold companies and landmen publicly accountable.

Community groups can use the site to monitor activity in their area, share documents, find other groups in similar situations around the country, and build up a detailed profile of activity in their neighborhoods.

Winners will receive a free copy of the community-screening edition of Split Estate on DVD. In addition, LRC will reimburse the three winning communities up to $100 towards the cost of planning a screening event.

Ask members of your community to submit report cards at LRC. All participants must include a quick sentence about their affiliation in the description section of their report card. After a group has submitted 10 reviews, the representative responsible for organizing the screening should send an email to to alert the LRC team, which will verify that criteria have been met.

Individuals, citizen groups and NGOs are welcomed to apply. National organizations are not eligible for participation, but local chapters of national organizations are. Each individual is encouraged to submit as many report cards as they can — one for each landman or company they have dealt with. However, only two reports per individual will count towards the final group total. If you have questions, please email Christina Xu at
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