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FrackNation [Blu-ray]

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During a time of globally heightened debate, Journalist Phelim McAleer travels across the U.S. and Europe to speak with scientists and Americans living in fracking areas, in order to uncover the science behind the process and to determine its true consequences.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, refers to the process of drilling down into rock and using pressurized fluids to extract energy sources such as natural gas and petroleum. Supporters of fracking state the economic benefit to the U.S. is great and that the process has rigorous standards by which it operates. Opponents of fracking voice concerns about contamination to ground water and land surface, as well as other environmental issues. Join McAleer on the search for the fracking truth.

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  • Actors: Phelim McAleer
  • Directors: Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, Magdalena Segieda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J8JQ6Z2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,935 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I loved this DVD for many reasons. I grew up in the rural PA and NY counties featured in the DVD. In fact, the farms shown were similar to my grandfather's farm. When I returned to this area for a visit a few years ago, I was curious about all the NO FRACKING signs along the local roads. The gas drilling sites that I could see from the road appeared to be well organized commercial operations, which could do nothing but help the local economy and our nations energy supply. When I was working on my PhD in Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley in 1972, I had a chance to do some research on hydraulic fracturing at the US Geological Survey (I am also cross trained in Geology). In my opinion, this DVD is scientifically correct and useful for anyone who wants to learn more about "fracking". However, you should be warned that the scientific part is brief...and all you really need to know. Most of the film is about the political nature of the controversy. I believe in the political agenda of America's founding fathers, and therefore enjoyed how this DVD exposed the methods of those following the European Marxist/socialist/communist/liberal/progressive agenda. If you already belong to the later group, and are unwilling to let the truth change your political viewpoint, you are wasting your money if you buy this DVD.
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Having seen Gasland I was attracted to this film to get the complete story. The gist of this film is that it is supposed to be completely independent and funded by private donors giving around $263K online. The filmmaker, Phelim McAleer, uses a strategy of using credible sources and first hand interviews with people to get to the truth about fracking. He interviews famers in Pennsylvania that want gas producers to sign leases to use their land for gas extraction. These people claim to suffer no adverse effects from the extraction and say they depend on the income from leasing to survive. He then talks about methane gas as well as other naturally occurring carbon based flammable gases are found underground and how the ability for water to catch on fire has been around long before fracking was started by man around 1947. There are several attempts made by him to interview the producer of Gasland but that person does not cooperate.

So McAleer has had a slam dunk and destroyed the claims made in Gasland? Yes and no.

I liked this film and how he did so much leg work to do the interviews and gather the reports made by governmental agencies. However, he was weak in four vital areas.

1. He interviews farmers who have had the farm in their family 150+ years who claim income from the land leases are required to have the farm survive. What did these people do and how did they survive prior to when fracking really took off in the 21st century in the US? When gas producers were not writing 6 figure checks up front the farms sustained a solvent operation for 100+ years. Why is this not possible now?

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By Greg on June 25, 2014
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It appeared to be a well thought out documentary avoiding unnecessary "Drama" by sticking to the topic. Excellent roster of specialists used throughout helping to validate many important key points. I would highly suggest this documentary to one and all.
Is the controversy over? Not a chance in Hades but documentaries such as this one are a necessity to help clear the issue of the excessive smoke.
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Alright, fair disclaimer, I do work for the oil and gas industry and have been for a while. That said this film is probably the best and most truthful about the fracking process and the industry that uses hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the earth. If you ever wondered what this process is all about and you want to know more about the people who do this work and those who oppose them watch this film. It exposes the reality of 'fracking' better than any other film out there.
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I was quite amazed by this documentary. Fracknation is in the tradition of fearless reporting in the face of governmental and private attempts to stop producers of this movie from getting out the facts from their investigation -- about the benign and life-giving benefits of such oil/gas exploration. Definitely speaks truth to power.
The maliciousness of the creator of Gasland (the anti-fracking film that Fracknation exposes as a fraud) has caused such harm to people and farmers across the land. Such farmers right to have their property used for such exploration and production, and to supplement their farm income (for example), has been totally destroyed by the false claims made about fracking. Aside from the lack of any environmental danger to fracking (itself an important fact), the documentary shows various areas where fracking is in progress and it clearly had had virtually no visual impact on the environment, contrary to claims that it would rape the land.
The makers of this documentary drew upon various respected sources of information (government labs, university scientists, etc.) who clearly show why fracking is beneficial to property owners, neighbors and consumers and better for the environment in some respects compared to traditional oil production methods. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants facts about this subject.
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