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New Documentary Offers Another Take on Fracking


Phelim McAleer, a filmmaker and investigative journalist, has released a new documentary called “FrackNation.” In the movie, McAleer faces threats, cops and bogus lawsuits as he questions green extremists for the truth about fracking.

McAleer uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists, and he talks with rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned.

“FrackNation” was made after McAleer confronted “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox at a Q&A in Chicago. McAleer asked Fox about instances of water being lit on fire well before fracking occurred in America and why he didn’t include that information in “Gasland.” Fox said the information “wasn’t relevant.”

McAleer disagreed and put their exchange on YouTube. Fox sued to have it removed. That’s when McAleer realized there was more to the story of fracking than Josh Fox was letting on.

“FrackNation” was funded by 3,305 backers on the investment-capital website Kickstarter who generously donated $212,265 to have McAleer investigate more about fracking and tell the other side of the story. All funds from oil and gas companies or their executives were rejected, according to the filmmaker.

The TV premiere was Jan. 22, on cable network AXS TV.

McAleer has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries.