The release of Promised Land last month, reignited the fracking debate in the Southern Tier. Now another film is taking a different approach to the hot issue. Our Elyse Mickalonis caught up with one of FrackNation’s filmmakers and some people who got to screen it Sunday afternoon.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- It’s the new feature documentary that’s got people on both sides of the fracking debate talking.
"Do they know about the mechanic liens on the properties in Bradford County, Pennsylvania? Millions of dollars some properties have a quarter million dollar liens, because the gas company didn't pay their vendor,” said Craig Stevens, Pennsylvania resident.
Susan Dorsey, Landowner Advocates of New York Executive Director, added, "I've lived here my whole life. I don't plan on leaving. I have a small amount of acreage that I'd like to develop."
Binghamton area advocates and opponents were given the chance to screen the film FrackNation on Sunday afternoon. Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer traveled to Dimock, Pennsylvania to see if there were any negative effects from fracking.
"A lot’s been said about fracking, but never from a journalistic perspective,” said Phelim McAleer, FrackNation Journalist and Filmmaker. “There’s been a lot of stories, a lot of lawsuits, a lot of allegations, but what was the truth behind it and the science?"
Advocates say if fracking is allowed in New York State, it could create jobs and boost the local economy. They say enough research has been done to prove it’s safe.
"I think the time for the scientific research is over. This is one of the few businesses where the science is there. There have been a million wells fracked in America since 1947,” said McAleer.
Stevens added, "The main focus is, come and see what the problems are, because without finding out what the problems are, as adults we can't make a decision on whether or not it's good and viable."
FrackNation was funded by 3,305 backers through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Opponents believe that chemicals used in hydrofracking can damage drinking water and the environment. The DEC is continuing its health review. There is a February 27th deadline to issue its fracking regulations.