The movie FrackNation was made after independent journalist Phelim McAleer confronted Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox at a Q&A in Chicago.

McAleer asked Fox about instances of water being lit on fire well before fracking occurred in America and why he didn’t include that information in the anti-fracking movie, Gasland.

Fox said the information “wasn’t relevant.”

“McAleer disagreed and put their exchange on YouTube. Fox sued to have it removed. That’s when McAleer realized there was more to the story of fracking than Josh Fox was letting on,” the FrackNation producers said.

FrackNation was funded by 3,305 backers on Kickstarter who donated $212,265.

“All funds from oil and gas companies or their executives were explicitly rejected,” the producers said.

Phelim McAleer has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries.

Before becoming a filmmaker, he was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe.

He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for the Economist, according to the website for the FrackNation move.

He also covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times.

FrackNation first appeared on TV in January 2013.

Here’s a 15 minute clip.


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