The documentary “Haynesville: A Nation’s hunt for an Energy Future” is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday on the CNBC network.

The one-hour program, which has been abridged from its full 72-minute runtime, chronicles the discovery of the Haynesville Shale and follows its impact on the lives of residents in the area of the natural gas play.

“Haynesville” provides a unique view into what it’s like to live through an energy boom and, in turn, what these resources could mean for our nation’s energy future,” said Gregory Kallenberg, the film’s director.

Featured characters include outdoorsman and hunter Mike Smith, community activist Kassi Fitzgerald, and pastor Reegis Richard, each of whom confronts dilemmas related to one of the largest and richest energy discoveries of the past three decades, the film’s producers said.

“The discovery of shale gas in broad terms isn’t new. What’s new is the unique location and density of this fuel source,” said Mark Bullard, the film’s producer. “What we have here is a highly domestic and attainable energy supply that could impact the way America looks at energy — and it’s in these people’s back yards.”

The film, which has been bought by NBC/Universal has been screened in New York, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Atlanta and in Europe. Encore presentations are scheduled on CNBC for 10 p.m. Tuesday and 12 a.m. and 1a.m. Wednesday. In addition, the program will air Sunday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. The feature-length edition of the film is available for purchase at

“Haynesville” joins the more controversial film “Gasland,” which has helped rally activists to oppose hydraulic fracturing and other gas industry activity (see Daily GPI, Nov. 11). The natural gas lobby also has a short film of its own. “Shale Gas and America’s Future,” a 30-minute, made-for-TV film about the country’s gas drilling boom, has been released by the American Clean Skies Foundation (see Shale Daily, Nov. 8).