FrackNation: Anwering the call for the undecided

By Jillian Marshall

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In the battle of Wednesday's screenings of films about hydraulic fracturing, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York hosted the makers of FrackNation.

FrackNation, directed by Phelm McAleer, made it's debut in January, and has already stirred up pro and anti-frackers.

Filmmakers say it is not a pro-fracking film, but a documentary that merely contains what they call "truthful" information about hydraulic fracturing.

"It's a pro-truth and pro-journalist movie," McAleer said. "In the documentary, fracking comes out well because the science is there. You look at places like Dimock, Pa., the water was supposed to be ultra polluted, (that) the place was a wasteland. The EPA went in and said 'Sorry guys your water is clean.'"

A little more than 100 people showed up to watch FrackNation at the Vestal American Legion.

The film says hydraulic fracturing does not cause environmental damage, and that it could save the American economy.

"The gas seems to have a lot of benefits for everyone in the country, not just the big land owners, because essentially it has a domino effect. It will help our schools, it's going to help our businesses," Mount Upton farmer Barb O'Dell said.

People from throughout Pennsylvania and New York came to try to form their own opinions on fracking.

McAleer says he wants a debate between him and Gasland 2 director Josh Fox, who was across town in Binghamton showing his film.

McAleer will be touring the Southern Tier this weekend in Ithaca and Callicoon.

FrackNation will also air on the AXS television station in July.

For more information on how to view the documentary, click here.