FrackNation Shown at Regal and Draws Hundreds
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Phelim McAleer, the writer and director of FrackNation, is a journalist from Ireland who came to America and was enthralled by the fracking saga. He says the idea for his movie came about when he went to a screening of Gasland in Chicago. Gasland is a documentary released in 2010 about the effects of horizontal drilling in communities in America. He asked Josh Fox, the creator of Gasland, about the famous scene where the residents light their faucet water on fire. After a dispute with Fox over a copyright issue, McAleer decided to make his own fracking film, depicting what he says is the truth. "It was part journalism, part stubbornness, part petty vindictiveness," Mcaleer said. He says his film runs on facts and figures instead of the emotions and lies that make up Gasland. When asked if any of the $212,000 required to finance this film was donated by gas companies, McAleer said 'no.' He said the whole movie was financed through independents from a website called Kickstarter. Those against fracking say the movie is nothing but propaganda. They that's why it's being promoted by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, a pro-fracking organization that wants to see fracking come to the Empire State. "Basically it doesn't say anything bad about fracking. It's all one sided. Everything is fine there's no problems," Vera Scroggins said. Even Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan came out for the movie. Ryan, who has been outspoken against fracking, was asked if the two sides on this issue would ever be able to find some middle ground. "Sometimes lines are just drawn in the sand. How can you come to the middle of something if you're not satisfied that it will protect the health and safety of the citizens," Ryan said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision on whether natural gas development will come to New York is expected this month, although state officials have indicated another missed deadline is possible.