FrackNation goes to Europe


FrackNation, the "pro-fracking" documentary, is going on its first European tour with screenings in prestigious locations in three European capitals.

The documentary will be screened at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday Feb 10th, at the UK Parliament in London on Feb 11th and "Muranów" Cinema in Warsaw, Poland on Feb 13th.
FrackNation director Phelim McAleer will be present and will take questions after each screening.

FrackNation, which was praised by The New York Times as "meticulously researched and provocative", debunked many of the claims made by anti-fracking activists. Through interviews with scientists and asking campaigners difficult questions FrackNation showed that fracking did not make water go on fire, did not cause dangerous earthquakes and has never contaminated water.

As McAleer probes these claims and the motivations behind them - he becomes the victim of gun threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits.

McAleer, an Irish film maker now based in Los Angeles, said he is delighted that Europeans will have a chance to hear the truth about fracking - without scaremongering or exaggeration.

"FrackNation has adopted a journalistic approach to the fracking controversy. We listen to people's stories and allegations but then, like all journalists should do, we ask for the independent scientific evidence. "

McAleer said FrackNation's investigations had uncovered almost no scientific evidence to support the most dramatic claims of anti-fracking campaigners.

He said he was pleased to bring FrackNation to Europe just as interest in the issue was increasing.
"It is a big story in the UK - much of it fed by disinformation - and it's a big story in Brussels and Poland."

McAleer said he was particularly pleased to bring FrackNation to Poland which is currently dependent upon Russia for its energy needs.

"I come from Ireland I know what it means to have a large dominant neighbor next door and the problems that can bring. Shale gas offers a huge opportunity for Poland to be truly independent. I want to hear from Polish people how they feel about fracking and bring them the truth so that they make up their mind based on facts, not fiction."

In an indication of how important this issue is in Poland, The Warsaw screening is being promoted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

FrackNation was co-directed by Magdalena Segieda, a native of Poland, who said she was hoping that her country will benefit from the opportunity that shale gas offers, the same way US has done.

FrackNation was bought and premiered on AXS TV in 2013. AXS TV is owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. FrackNation was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.

FrackNation schedule:

Mon, Feb 10th
Start: 6:00pm
ASP Room A1E2
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bruxelles

Tue, Feb 11th
Start: 1:30pm
Committee Room 5
Palace of Westminster
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom

Wed, Feb 13th
Start: 5:00pm (registration), 6:00pm (movie)
Cinema "Muranów"
5 Gen. Władysława Andersa St,
Warsaw, Poland