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New film comes to defense of fracking
Fuel Fix ^ | February 10, 2012 | Puneet Kollipara

Posted on 02/11/2012 6:35:05 AM PST by thackney

Makers of an upcoming documentary that seeks to counter the anti-hydraulic fracturing film “Gasland” have raised over $36,000 through crowdsourcing in a matter of a few days.

The creators of the new documentary called “FrackNation” hope to dispel what they view as inaccuracies in the Oscar-nominated film “Gasland” and give more voice to those who live in the communities that are benefiting economically from natural gas drilling.

Phelim McAleer, formerly a journalist with The Economist and Financial Times, is teaming up with his wife Ann McElhinney, a fellow former journalist, in making the film. The Irish couple in the past have made other films that took a critical eye toward such ideas as global warming and environmentalism, including “Not Evil Just Wrong,” which challenged the ideas in Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

McAleer said he was inspired to make “FrackNation” after he had an exchange at a question-and-answer session with “Gasland” director Josh Fox over that film’s notorious scene showing residents lighting their water coming from their faucet on fire.

“He admitted that people could light the tap water decades before fracking ever started,” McAleer said in a phone interview. “But he decided not to include it in the documentary because, quote, ‘It wasn’t relevant.’”

McAleer said he posted a video of the exchange online, only to have Fox’s lawyers successfully fight to have it taken down because it included a short clip from “Gasland.”

He viewed that as a journalist censorship of another journalist.

“That got me interested in the whole story,” McAleer said. “What is he covering up, and what’s the real story here?”

In video posted online of that question-and-answer session, Fox seeks to rebut McAleer’s criticisms that he had intentionally excluded from “Gasland” reports of gas being in the water and people lighting it long before fracturing started, saying those reports from various places didn’t necessarily have bearing on the particular situation of the residents he shows in the film: “The citizens reported they could not light their water on fire before the drilling and after the drilling they could light the water.”

The debate over fracturing has only gotten more heated of late, especially in Congress, where oil and gas advocates are wary of looming regulations of the practice from the Interior Department and studies of it from agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department.

Environmental groups and many Democrats, meanwhile, say the regulations are needed to protect the public from the pollution they claim is caused by hydraulic fracturing, where mixtures of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground at high pressures to break up the rock that holds oil and gas.

McAleer argues that the debate over hydraulic fracturing has been dominated by upper-class urbanites, and he said ”FrackNation” will incorporate the views of farmers, workers and other typical residents who strongly support fracturing for the economic benefits it’s brought to their areas but who haven’t had their voices heard as loudly.

“That’s what I’ve wanted to do, get all that information out there,” he said.

Dimock, Pa., has become something of a ground zero for fracturing, he said, ever since some residents there complained about the quality of their drinking water. The EPA’s preliminary testing has found no evidence to suggest the residents’ drinking water is unsafe.

But he said what has received less attention is that far more people have signed a petition saying “there’s nothing wrong with our water, so please stop saying there is.”

He seeks to raise $150,000 for the project, but he said there’s no way for him to find the funding for his film from big studios because they’re not interested in a film that takes a skeptical eye toward “Big Environment.” That’s why he decided to crowdsource with the website Kickstarter, he said.

In just days, he’s already one-fourth of the way there, though it’s not clear yet exactly where the donations are coming from. He said it’s humbling to have ordinary Americans opening their wallets for an immigrant couple to tell the story of other ordinary Americans.

“It’s like being part of an American dream and American story,” he said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: energy; fracking; shalegas; shaleoil

1 posted on 02/11/2012 6:35:10 AM PST by thackney
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And related is just on the energy produced, but the US jobs created.

Looking for a new gig? There are plenty of jobs here.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/02/10/looking-for-a-new-gig-there-are-plenty-here/


2 posted on 02/11/2012 6:38:23 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
is not just on the energy...

sigh...

3 posted on 02/11/2012 6:39:24 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
“Fracking” sounds porno and “Gasland” sounds toilet.

Who are the pr dolts handling the imaging here?

Instead of fracking it should be extracting and instead of Gasland it should be “Ourgas.”

Jeez,the Left wins when they are wrong because they know how to sound right—we are right but are literate doofuses.

4 posted on 02/11/2012 6:52:28 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If you're shiftless and in doubt-find a liberal whine and pout-pretty soon you're making out.")
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To: thackney
“Fracking” sounds porno and “Gasland” sounds toilet.

Who are the pr dolts handling the imaging here?

Instead of fracking it should be extracting and instead of Gasland it should be “Ourgas.”

Jeez,the Left wins when they are wrong because they know how to sound right—we are right but are literate doofuses.

5 posted on 02/11/2012 6:52:42 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If you're shiftless and in doubt-find a liberal whine and pout-pretty soon you're making out.")
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To: Happy Rain

You’ve got it wrong about Gasland. That is the name of the anti-fracking movie.


6 posted on 02/11/2012 7:00:13 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama...The real Axis of Evil...Washington, New York City and Hollywood.)
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To: Happy Rain

“Fracking” is an old term which is short for fracturing. That is the mechanism used to get flow of Natural Gas and Crude Oil out of some formation.

“Gasland” is the name of the liberal slant show made to show Fracking in a bad light. I doubt any of the conservatives had a choice in the name.


7 posted on 02/11/2012 7:02:25 AM PST by Double Tap
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To: thackney

I am in the industry, working the Marcellus/Utica Shale plays.

The industry has been trying to fight with facts. As always, the liberals use emotional tactics and lies.

So, the industry is starting to use their tactics against them. For example:

Environmentalists supported natural gas until we found it in the United States.

Clean, American natural gas produced by proud American workers.

Natural gas has created 7,500 local, high-paying jobs in Bradford County Pennsylvania. (substitute the number and county as applicable)

My favorite:

The Marcellus Shale holds a 100 year supply of American natural gas — somewhere a Sheik is crying.


8 posted on 02/11/2012 7:03:16 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Post5203
Oh, then it fits.

Have to peruse better in future—too impatient to pay proper attention sometimes—a common FReeper weakness unfortunately.

9 posted on 02/11/2012 7:04:15 AM PST by Happy Rain ("If you're shiftless and in doubt-find a liberal whine and pout-pretty soon you're making out.")
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To: thackney

Should form an International Brotherhood of Frackers. That’ll shut the Morons up.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside....

Could call it Frackers Union Brotherhood Organization, or “FUBO”.

Yeah, that’s the ticket...


10 posted on 02/11/2012 8:12:51 AM PST by moonhawk (Romney tuck's his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: thackney

Apparently a problem at one Carrizo well in NE Penn. Last week. Boots N’ Coots called in. Carrizo has approx. 70 gas wells in Penn and State is requesting they shut down until cause of fluid leak problem is sorted out.


11 posted on 02/11/2012 8:30:27 AM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: Happy Rain
Instead of fracking it should be extracting

Except it is NOT extraction at that point, just the opposite in fact. Hydraulic Fracturing is injecting water, sand and a little chemical amount into the reservoir create cracks in the rock, so that extraction can be done later.

“Gasland” sounds toilet.

Gasland is an environmentalist wacko pathetic dream. Its only purpose is to trash the Natural Gas industry with false and misleading information. It is a Michael Moore type film.

12 posted on 02/11/2012 12:54:35 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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