FrackNation Review: Fracking for the Truth
There certainly is a lot of ‘frackus’ surrounding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Hydraulic fracturing is a process of breaking up rock thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface that contains oil or natural gas. It has been a standard since the 1940s. New technology has enable horizontal drilling from some existing wells to reach new sources of natural gas.
FrackNation, a new documentary film by investigative journalist Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magda Segieda, explores fracking through the eyes of actual people living in Dimock, PA where fracking has been banned in response to unsubstantiated hysteria caused by the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Gasland.
Residents of Dimock were so disgusted with how their town was being portrayed in the media that they formed the group “Enough Already.” With donations from over 3,000 people from 26 countries, Phelim and his crew were able to film FrackNation and give a voice to the townsfolk of Dimock to combat the untruths about fracking.
The film shows farmers and residents who welcome the drilling. Many of them with emotional stories to tell about how it is affecting their lives and what will happen if the moratorium continues.
Opponents claim fracking causes all sorts of phenomena from bloody noses to hair loss. Their biggest claim, which was made famous in Gasland, is that fracking causes water to light on fire.
But towns have been able to light their water on fire for centuries due to naturally occuring methane in the water. Recent studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Groundwater Protection Council, and independent agencies have found no evidence of groundwater contamination.
A key moment in the film is when a family, the Sautner’s, is told by the EPA that their drinking water is not contaminated with weapon’s grade uranium as they claimed. Instead of celebrating with a sigh of relief, they become deliberately hostile and ask the inspectors to leave.
FrackNation even travels abroad to remind us of the harmful effects of expensive energy on the poor. They interview an elderly woman from Poland who spends half of her monthly income on Russian-sourced natural gas.
Energy has been a boon for humanity, and more access to cheap energy sources increases our quality of life. We take cheap, reliable energy for granted because we have never known a world without it. Unfortunately, almost 3 billion people still burn dung, twigs, and other traditional fuels indoors to cook and keep warm, generating noxious fumes that kill an estimated 2 million people each year, mostly women and children. Opponents of fracking are promoting an agenda that isn’t good for them or us.
If you want the truth behind fracking, you must see FrackNation. Join AFP-Michigan and the Wayne County Taxpayers’ Association on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 in Dearborn.