6.30pm, Wednesday 12th March
Cargill Lecture Theatre, Main Admin Building
As a lead up to National Science Week the Environment Team are hosting a series of events focused on fracking. Whereas Gasland (which we screeened last week) is a documentary focussing on communities in the US impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking, FrackNation uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists and focusses on rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned.
In FrackNation journalist Phelim McAleer faces threats, cops and bogus lawsuits questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. McAleer uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists, and he talks with rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned. Emotions run high but the truth runs deep.
FrackNation was made after 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 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.
To follow these two film screenings there will be a debate on fracking at the University, in association with the Student Debating Society. Further details will be published soon.
Please note that all events in the Environmental Events Series are open to students, staff and member of the public. They are free of charge and there is no need to book.