Synopsis: FrackNation follows journalist Phelim McAleer as he faces gun threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits when questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. Fracking is going to make America one of the world's leading energy producers and has become the target of a concerted campaign by environmentalists who want it banned. In FrackNation McAleer travels across the USA and Europe to uncover the science suppressed by environmental activists and ignored by much of the media. He talks with scientists and ordinary Americans who live in fracking areas and who tell him the truth behind the exaggerations and misrepresentations of anti-fracking activists.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Phelim McAleer (co-director), Ann McElhinney (co-director), Magdalena Segieda (co-director)
Production: Focus Features
Rotten Tomatoes:
77 min

The shale deposits that lie

beneath 34 states

harbor large reserves of natural gas.

Energy companies are digging

wells across the country

in hoping to revolutionize

our energy consumption.

There's also growing concern over

one way they drill for natural gas.

It's something called "fracking."

The high-pressure pumping

of water and chemicals

deep into the earth

to release oil and gas.

It's been implicated

with water contamination,

air pollution, health effects...

Now the debate has a new concern.

The process may trigger earthquakes.

You put a match to your water

and it went up in flames?

We are in Copenhagen for the United

Nations Climate Change Conference.

My name is Phelim McAleer.

I'm an investigative journalist

and I love it.

If you don't shut that off

I'm gonna take it away from you.

Asking the powerful

difficult questions is a great job.

Mr. Gore, will you

correct the record?

I wouldn't do anything else.

I was a reporter in Northern Ireland

during the Troubles,

and later worked for

the UK Sunday Times,

and then The Financial Times

and The Economist.

Fracking is a huge story

because most people believed we

were running out of fossil fuels.

But it turns out most people

were wrong.

We came up with a way to tap

previously inaccessible oil

and gas from shale rock.

In terms of a newfound source

of energy for the globe,

this discovery that gas shales

can be productive

is probably one of the most

important step increases

in the amount of energy

available to the world

that's happened

in a long, long time.

It's just absolutely huge.

The combination

of horizontal drilling

and hydraulic fracturing

has allowed the world now finally

to unlock huge quantities

of hydrocarbons

and provide cheap,

abundant, reliable energy

to not just millions of people, but

potentially to billions of people.

But despite all this good news,

fracking is controversial,

mostly because of this man.

Josh Fox is a journalist

and filmmaker.

According to Gasland, his

Oscar-nominated documentary,

which also won an Emmy,

fracking is a complete disaster.

It's polluting water and causing

serious illnesses and deaths.

And, in the most famous scene

in Gasland,

people's tap water

bursts into flames.

Whoa! Jesus Christ!

Because of these claims,

fracking has been banned in many places,

from Pennsylvania and New York

to France and Bulgaria.

But it took me only five minutes

on the internet

to discover this claim of flammable

water was very questionable.

I went to a screening of

Gasland in Chicago

to ask Josh Fox about it.

Excuse me, this is...

Not relevant? Josh Fox,

the director of Gasland,

knew that one of the most

dramatic scenes in his documentary

probably had nothing to do

with fracking,

but decided not to tell his audience.

So I put the exchange on YouTube.

But before you could say

"flaming faucets,"

Josh Fox got his lawyers

to force YouTube to take it down.

I put it on another website,

but using a bogus copyright claim,

he shut me down again.

This was censorship.

What was Josh Fox afraid of?

What was he trying to hide?

I needed to investigate.

I decided to ask the public

to help me make a film

that would tell the true story

about fracking.

I went on the crowdfunding

website Kickstarter.

Folks with big ideas

but not a lot of money

connect with people

willing to fund them

for everything from documentary films

to new technology.

Here's how it works:

Creators post a video,

pitching an idea,

and ask for donations.

Anyone who likes it can give as much

money or as little as they want.

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