Filmmaker takes on anti-Fracking movement
Phelim McAleer sounds off
- Duration 4:51
- Date Mar 3, 2012
Phelim McAleer sounds off
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Well -- all the talk about high gas prices and alternative energy the controversial practice of fracking is back in the news.
Fracking involves extracting natural gas from rock.
A recent documentary called -- land shows residents in the area of tracking lighting their tap water on fire.
To highlight the dangers of fracking.
Our next guest says the film is wildly misleading -- -- the -- set out to uncover the true this is his documentary.
Called -- nation and he joins us now good morning -- Good morning all right some video of -- being able to light they're drinking water on fire is obviously.
Very disturbing but you went there to do some research and you learned that actually.
They've been able to lighten their drinking water on fire well before fracking came to town what did you learn.
Well there's a lot of gas style and there and sometimes it gets into the water not -- and and in places all across America.
People -- -- lighting their top water for generations for hundreds of years.
The Indians called lots of places burning springs.
And saluting his.
EU out of -- he's just sorry trick -- so you found that out and you thought that that was sort of relevant to.
Expose that this have been going on for decades not necessarily as a result.
-- fracking say you what to talk to the gas land director let's show a little bit of a clip from your exchange with him.
Okay what you don't even let you want to start.
He -- people -- water at all.
-- say it -- you couldn't hear that he says yes that's true but it's not relevant.
To what did you try to do with this exchange you had with them.
While I thought about -- I'm a journalist -- that that's quite a scoop by I got the director to admit the news that people could like a top whatever for fracking.
But he decided not to include it because quote it wasn't relevant -- I start up when you achieve that any journalist would.
And -- to my surprise his response was to get New York lawyers to force YouTube to take it done.
So you've decided to create your own documentary to talk about what -- on -- no pun intended with -- it's called -- nation.
-- settled that there are also reports that people in the area in Pennsylvania and new Yorker fracking do you say that some of their family pets.
After a fracking and that veterinarians suspected toxicity.
From heavy metals.
What were you able to find out about the pollutants that fracking may bring to town.
There is no proven kids off of fracking losing ground water.
I mean I'm mostly -- people do get sick.
There is no provable -- there's no scientific evidence to back it up it's all anecdote.
I think that's what got some laws was in motion allowing go to.
I -- -- with -- nation we're going to show the emotion show the anecdote.
But also show the science but also show that the stories are of real people whose -- -- farms -- -- see if because of the money that.
This natural gas boom is -- to places like Pennsylvania.
You know home and we we're making -- nation have gone to the kick starter website and asked people to help also make that would know that the film.
-- -- I've been overwhelmed by the response we asked to me as a 150000.
Dollars in two months we've -- 150000.
In three weeks from ordinary people who want the real story a fracking told.
Because obviously people are very interested in.
Energy options -- fracking turns out to be safe for people in that community.
What can -- do.
Anywhere that's fracking in America there's no recession.
It's a wonderful boon to people it's -- the -- parts of America it and natural gas prices have declined.
Over the last four years since fracking was sort of went -- -- So it's it's going to change the energy equation and America we're gonna have really really cheap energy.
Decades to come and we're going to be -- people are going really keep their founding -- gonna get well paid jobs in rural areas.
It's a win win win situation unless the scare monger like like judge fox and -- -- and all their radical environmentalists.
And out of course that -- forget that the Hollywood set that as a lot of Hollywood actors who are opposed to fracking so.
There's it's quite as it is a 1% of America who are pro yet rocket where mic and a documentary for the 99%.
If you want to find out more about -- go to -- nation dot com assailant Mac earlier thanks so much for coming in with your perspective on all this.