Controversial journalist McAleer to premier documentary film 'FrackNation' in Philadelphia in response to 'Gasland'

Journalist and documentarian Phelim McAleer will be on hand for the Philadelphia premiere of his documentary film, “FrackNation,” on Wednesday, April 10, at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Independently financed and produced as a response to Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated film, “Gasland,” “FrackNation” takes an in-depth look at many of the allegations made in the Fox film. The film counters the allegations with evidence gained from on-the-ground interviews with landowners in Pennsylvania, as well as scientists and officials from around the country who take a different view of natural gas development than was presented in “Gasland.”

The event is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Marcellus Association.

“I am excited to bring FrackNation to an area of Pennsylvania outside the shale gas regions to share the true story of energy development in the Commonwealth as well as other parts of the country and the world,” says McAleer. “Shale gas is a huge opportunity for the world and this film sets the record straight with regard to the safety of natural gas development, and the role natural gas will play in our energy future.”

FrackNation will start at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $10 in advance or $15 on the night of the show, are available through this link: http://www.marcellusdelval.org/register-for-fracknation/. Students will be free at the door with their student ID. After the premiere, McAleer will be on hand to address the audience and speak to the issues presented in his film.

“We’re excited to bring FrackNation to Philadelphia and honored that Phelim accepted our invitation to appear here and address anyone interested in learning more about natural gas development and its impact on Pennsylvania, our economy and political future,” says Greg Matusky, president of the Delaware Valley Marcellus Association. “We believe the debate over shale gas development should be open, responsible, and inclusive. We invite the community to attend and learn more about this important, abundant domestic source of cleaner energy and how it will tip the scales in favor of our economy, our environment and the people of Pennsylvania.”

For more information, visit www.marcellusdelval.org.

"FrackNation" was made after McAleer confronted “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox at an event 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 his movie. Fox said the information “wasn’t relevant.” McAleer disagreed and put their exchange on YouTube. Fox sued to have it removed. McAleer says that’s when he realized there was more to the story of fracking than Fox was letting on.

“FrackNation” was funded by 3,305 backers who donated $212,265 to have McAleer investigate the truth about fracking. No donations were accepted from oil and gas companies or their executives.

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