Filmmaker's Billboard shatters "big lie" about fracking

The new billboard promotes the controversial ‘pro-fracking’ documentary FrackNation by shedding light on one of the most widespread inaccurate claims made about fracking by Josh Fox in Gasland
ROCK HILL, N.Y.(March 22, 2012) –Situated in natural-gas rich New York near the Pennsylvania border, the aggressive billboard shatters the dramatic claims by environmentalists and anti-fracking filmmaker Josh Fox,  that natural gas production has caused local tap water to become flammable. The "exploding faucet" is one of the most widely viewed images in Gasland - the anti-fracking documentary and the billboard dramatically points out historic records that state “The water was on fire in 1669”. The Billboard also features township signs for Burning Springs, N.Y., Burning Springs, W.V. and Burning Springs, K.Y. where residents and native Americans obviously knew their water could be set on fire centuries before natural gas production began. 
The billboard was paid for by filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney in support of their newest project, a documentary called FrackNation. The feature-length film looks at the process of fracking for natural gas, demolishing much of the scaremongering surrounding the process and featuring the millions whose lives have been positively transformed by this emerging industry.
“As journalists, we felt it was important to bring to light the truth and counter the common, inaccurate scare stories about ‘exploding tap water,” said McAleer.
The filmmakers say the documentary was inspired when they encountered journalistic censorship.  McAleer questioned Fox at a Q&A following a screening of Gasland, during which Fox admitted the people could light their tap water long before fracking was introduced. The "lighting water" scene is one of the most famous parts of Gasland, and created much of the fear surrounding the process.
"I was shocked when Fox said he this had existed in these areas decades before fracking.  However, I was doubly shocked when Fox’s lawyers contacted me to take down my video of our Q&A on YouTube," said McAleer.  "Fox was trying to censor another journalist and that got me interested: What was he trying to hide?”
The first clip from FrackNation, released this month, highlights the misinformation and biased opinions about fracking that are being represented in the media.
McAleer and McElhinney, a husband and wife filmmaking team, are raising funds for FrackNation through a grassroots crowdfunding campaign on Since the launch of the crowdfunding campaign on February 6, the film has received an outpouring of support from more than 2,500 backers, earning it a top spot on Kickstarter’s “most popular” list. But the filmmakers emphasize that the campaign is not over.
“$150,000 is the absolute minimum we need to complete the film,” said McAleer. “The more support we get for FrackNation, the better the film will be, allowing the film to combat the one-sided media coverage about fracking by reaching the broadest audience possible with this story of the truth.”
In a unique fundraising move, McAleer and McElhinney have announced that everyone who donates, even a dollar, to FrackNation will become an executive producer on the film. "This will be a documentary funded by the people for the people," said McAleer.
See the progress McAleer and McElhinney are making toward funding FrackNation on
In order to maintain full transparency and keep the film free from special interests, McAleer and McElhinney have returned all donations from companies or senior executives in the gas industry.
FrackNation comes on the heels of a new anti-fracking film due to be released by activist filmmaker Josh Fox. Fox made Gasland, an Oscar-nominated film, which propelled fears about fracking into the public arena. Fox is now planning a HBO-funded Gasland sequel. Fox has received $750,000 to make the new documentary.