Anti-‘Gasland’ documentary ‘FrackNation’ gets Congressional viewing

    Following the attention on films like Josh Fox’s 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland” and the 2012 Matt Damon film “Promised Land,” both of which focus on the negative aspects of fracking, filmmaker and journalist Phelim McAleer is trying to tell another side of the natural gas story. 

    His film “FrackNation,” released in January to limited audiences and televised on network AXS TV, is being screened today at a special event for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment. 

    McAleer says anti-fracking activists have based their platform on deception, and though he is critical of environmentalists, he is not merely a tool for the natural gas industry. The money that funded production of the film cames from a public Kickstarter campaign, not any industry interests.

    StateImpact’s Susan Philips weighed in on the accuracy of the film last month. She cautioned that all documentaries on the subject, including “Gasland,” are not likely to present more than one side of the story.

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    Her suggestion: Watch both “FrackNation” and Josh Fox’s latest video, “The Sky is Pink,” and draw your own conclusion.

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