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FrackNation Hits A Home Run for the Good Guys

The movie FrackNation premiered Monday night.  The film is a case of the good guys hitting a home run that changes the entire game.  It reclaims the debate by telling the truth about Josh Fox, his movie Gasland and hydraulic fracturing.  It excels in weaving together the science and the story in high-quality cinema, giving voice to ordinary citizens impacted by the campaign against natural gas being spearheaded by wealthy NIMBY’s.

Some of the stars of FrackNation made the trip to the Chelsea Theater in New York City last night to see the premier of the film, and no one was disappointed.   Roughly 200 patrons, all but a handful of whom were natural gas supporters, enthusiastically applauded the release of a movie telling their story, while dispensing with the major lies Josh Fox told in Gasland.

Ironically, Fox may have poisoned the well of public opinion for a brief time, as he turned the truth on its head and accused the natural gas industry of his own sins. FrackNation, in a fair play turnabout based on the facts, exposes his work for what it is and, in the end, leaves the Fox running like a rabbit.  It’s getting some good reviews already, especially as compared to Promised Land.


Here is what some of the individuals featured in the movie had to say about it:

Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 6.53.11 AMBill Graby, Sullivan County Farmer & Coalition Leader

FrackNation was very professionally done and proves you can do natural gas development in farm country and have it stay as beautiful as ever.  Landowners have, unfortunately, become disposable game pieces for the natural gas opposition and Frack Nation speaks up for then unabashedly.  Thank God!

Betty Sutliff, Retired Schoolteacher, Landowner & Coalition Leader

P1072717I thought the film got to the heart of natural gas opposition, which is the absolutist philosophy of natural gas opponents.  They will be satisfied with no level of safety or environmental protection, because their real goal is ending fossil fuel use.

That is the fox in the sheep’s clothing that FrackNation unveiled.  Also, it demonstrated there are powerful foreign interests who don’t want us to be energy independent in the U.S. and some environmental groups have become their pawns.  How hypocritical they are.

Note picture of Betty to right with Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney of Frack Nation at the party following the premiere.

Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 6.57.27 AMBob Rutledge, Wayne County Builder, Farmer & Coalition Leader

It was a pleasure to be a part of FrackNation and to see a real film about real people and their concerns.  It’s wonderful to have a journalist who is willing to seek out the truth and present it.   It was also nice to see Carol Collier have to face some tough questioning and answer for her tacit cooperation with natural gas opponents, which contributed to the inexcusable delays punishing us.

And, here is what some others said:

Vic Furman, Chenango County Landowner

The movie fractured the foundation of the natural gas opposition.  Anyone who formed their opinions of natural gas based on Gasland should watch FrackNation and open their minds.

Marie Sonner, Wayne County Landowner

FrackNation provided scientific proof that natural gas can be developed economically to satisfy our energy needs with full environmental protection.

John Sutliff, Wayne County Landowner

My favorite part of FrackNation was seeing Carol Collier finally be cornered, but probably the most important part was the collection of scientists and other experts who were able to dismiss so many of the false issues surrounding fracturing.

Curt Coccodrilli, Wayne, Lackawanna & Chemung County Landowner

The best thing I took away from FrackNation was that it exposed how the biased media distorts the story, and uses half-truths and fiction to push an extreme environmental agenda. The film does an outstanding job exposing this on a multitude of levels. The people most effected by this have been the ones least heard by the media – until this film came along.  This film was a refreshing bit of journalism in a sea of media distortion.

Inge Grafe-Kieklak, Sullivan County Landowner

I hope FrackNation makes some headway elsewhere in the country.  I’d actually like it to be mandatory viewing by any politician responsible for energy policy in America.  I also hope, through this movie, people will take another look at supposed “green energy” and realize it’s really a trip back to the Middle Ages in many respects.

Edward Allees, Sullivan County Landowner

The experience of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia raises a real question about New York and why it insists on leading us backward.  This isn’t gravitas – it’s chaos.  FrackNation helped illuminate that problem.

What did I think?  Well, I thought FrackNation was nothing less than a masterful weaving of the scientific facts with the personal narratives of those most impacted by Gasland and the wealthy NIMBY campaign against natural gas.  It is a cynical campaign financed by the Heinz, Park and Rockefeller families, without regard to what it means for working families, farmers and other rural landowners.


FrackNation was a home run for the good guys, some of whom are depicted in the picture to the left, enjoying some discussion prior to the premier.  The film exposes the hollowness and, especially the arrogance, of Josh Fox and his allies in their desire to impose their will on ordinary people simply trying to earn a living from their land.

Indeed, my favorite part of the movie was the shift from scenes of my neighbors, people with whom I went to high school, telling what the land means to them and how much natural gas would do for their lives and ability to keep that land, immediately followed by the smirking Fox bragging incessantly about what he had done to these people.  My reaction when I saw that was to simply say “finally, someone in the media gets it.”

There was much more, of course.  Who can forget Craig Sautner, full of himself, getting carried away talking about “weapons grade” uranium, or Phelim McAleer’s observation in the Q&A that followed the premiere, on the fact no one from the media challenged him on that statement?  There was also, Julie, of course, and her not so subtle threats involving guns and the NRDC.

FrackNation, in a word, was superb.  It was incredibly professional and a rich reward for the patience of landowners as the DRBC and New York State have recklessly played with their futures.  Check it out.  The movie will be shown on January 22, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST on  You can also learn more herehere and here.

Here’s an explanation of the movie from the filmmakers:

This begins to tell you what to expect from Frack Nation:

You don’t want to miss any of this.

  • Peter Olausson
    Posted at 13:51h, 08 January Reply

    Great! Do you have any idea what the future plans are for the movie. AXS TV can not be seen by a lot if people here in upstate NY and I highly doubt that local politicians and journalists will bother to look see it unless you create an opportunity for them to do so. Will there be tours and showings like Truthland?

    • Tom Shepstone
      Posted at 14:54h, 08 January Reply

      I expect we’ll all learn more shortly but I don’t know right now. We are not involved.

  • Observer
    Posted at 14:45h, 08 January Reply

    Lawyer up Big Guy !!!!

    don’t know how we can sue you for truth but I am Sure we can make something up

    Love us…the opposition

    • unclefracker
      Posted at 15:53h, 08 January Reply

      Observer: Who do you suggest “lawyer up”?

      • Observer
        Posted at 17:09h, 09 January Reply

        poor attempt at sarcasim

  • Betty Sutliff, NWPOA
    Posted at 16:26h, 08 January Reply

    One of Phelim’s comments in the Q&A that rang ever so true was his observation that the old progressives have turned into the current conservatives and the old conservatives have become the current progressives. The old conservatives are now the radicals who want forward momentum and the old liberal progressives are the ones who want to stifle development and turn the clock back when it comes to energy. The same shift can be seen with tolerance . . . or the lack thereof.

  • Jennifer Garrison
    Posted at 18:31h, 08 January Reply

    Hmm, the moviemakers are from where? Ireland? What is their motivation other than to make money from raising funds online? They are no fools – they picked a hot topic and went for the gold. Meanwhile, Josh Fox is from Milanville, PA and only became interested in the topic because the landman came to his door. Who is the one with the most to lose here, Josh or the Irish trio? Everyone keeps forgetting that Josh (and his parents) could have signed that lease and gotten rich the dirty way. But he chose to explore and what he learned should open your eyes to the greed that has taken hold of gas enthusiasts everywhere. It’s not about the jobs, stupid. It’s about a few people cashing in, getting rich and screwing their neighbors.

    • Tom Shepstone
      Posted at 20:54h, 08 January Reply

      If you watched the movie or read our posts you would know he didn’t grow up in Milanville, doesn’t own any land and never got a $100,000 offer. He constructed an outrageous lie to catapult himself into the limelight and continues to get funded by rich NIMBYs.

    • Tomas DiFiore
      Posted at 10:06h, 12 January Reply

      Could it be that Ireland is considering a total ban on ‘fracking’?
      Concern had been raised in Co Clare over the past few months that the practice could be employed in the county as feasibility studies are carried out. Last night members of the public and campaigners attended Clare County Council’s monthly meeting in Ennis to hear a presentation by Dr Aedin McLoughlin, who has campaigned against fracking in counties Leitrim and Roscommon.

Council members unanimously supported a motion to write to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources seeking a total ban on fracking in Ireland. Councillors also supported a second motion from Green Party councillor Brian Meaney that the County Development Plan would be amended to ban fracking in Clare.

  • Michele S
    Posted at 18:37h, 08 January Reply

    So glad you all were able to attend. Can’t wait to see the film! I think we should invite the Governors to join us for a movie night!

  • Victor Furman
    Posted at 19:00h, 08 January Reply

    Aparently AXS-TV is a satilite channel. DISH AND DIRECT TV has this channel. I reccommend that you find someone you know that has these services and have a simple viewing party on JANUARY 22 AT 9:PM EST. If your for development or against developement of our clean abundent natural gas this is a movie that both sides should see.
    It has many of the players in it, Josh Fox, Craig & Julie Saunter, the pistol packing moma from Dimock PA, A board member on the DRBC. the movie is a refreshing sometimes comical look at whats been holding NYS hostage for nearly 5 years with a lot of science and great imput from those who stand in oppisition. opinions can be changed but lost opportunity is lost forever!

    After the 22nd TV Debut… I will be working to have free showings open to all. Stay tunned for more information…..

  • Bryant La Tourette Sr
    Posted at 01:16h, 09 January Reply

    Amazing why is it three people from another country have to come to the USA and expose the truth?
    This should open eyes !

    In the past America has been the country to go in and expose those who are corrupt.

    The way I see it we have two options……

    option 1)
    You can stop the horror of the evil petroleum, just buy an Island and don’t buy or use anything made or having a connection to gas or oil. Start fresh create a model to live by and become an example figure out how to document it in stone.

    Option 2)
    Support American harvested petroleum under the strictest regulations in the world. By doing this you are saving lives in third world countries that have little to no regulation on extracting oil and gas for our use. The same countries that want nothing more then to see the USA fail. The same countries that use our young men and women to protect their oil fields but have no problem killing them. Simple “Put up or shut up”.
    American oil and gas putting our work force back to work ,real revenue,real jobs,domestic energy.The Shallow comments continue to show the ignorance of the real issues and reveal the TV, movie mentality. Their education is based on manipulation from movies like gasland and UAE backed movie of promise land.
    Is it attention you crave for? Justice ? Respect for you beliefs?
    Wear a sheep skin loincloth and walk with hemp sandals and you will get respect for walking your walk.

  • Betty Sutliff, NWPOA
    Posted at 07:26h, 09 January Reply

    We tried for years to get various forms of the media to hear our side of the story and they all chose not to. We knew Gasland was full of lies and no one in the news world seemed to care. They were more interested in flaming faucets than facts. We had neither the resources nor the know how to tackle a project like this ourselves. We even tried and tried to get someone at FOX News to hear us but to no avail. They didn’t “get it” but the Irishman did because this same scenario is playing out globally, not just here in Wayne County. It was incredibly frustrating for us to be sitting on a story this big and have no one who was interested in telling it . . . until Phelim came along. We are ecstatic and can’t wait for it to be shown on national TV.

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    Posted at 07:39h, 09 January Reply

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  • Peter Olausson
    Posted at 08:56h, 09 January Reply

    Jennifer. . . I am from Sweden and a US citizen and a landowner in Steuben Cty. In Sweden like most places in the world you as a landowner have no mineral rights they belong to the state. If the state wants to build a mine you sell your surface land or it gets taken by eminent domain and you move. Townships does not have any say in it either. We have a very precious right here the mineral rights and I think many people does not understand this. In my home county they are seriously considering Uranium mines (being it would be the only Uranium mines in the EU it will probably happen despite a bitter opposition from landowners and townships), but maybe that is a good thing since it is the Swedish nation that will build the mines_

  • Peter Olausson
    Posted at 09:19h, 09 January Reply

    And to clarify I am a member of the SCLOC and support Natural Gas exploration. I am unsure what I would say if I was one of the families that had owned land in the Uranium area targeted for exploration since the early 1600s and now being told by the state that they have to sell.

    But we see these kinds of arguments slowly surfacing here as the next step in the debate. “The land owners can not be trusted with the land they will not treat it right”.

    We must preserve a unique right we have!

  • Jennifer Garrison
    Posted at 15:45h, 09 January Reply

    I did not see the movie, but gosh you people waste a lot of time trying to counter Josh Fox. Nobody ever said he owned the land in Milanville – his family did. And just because his main home was in NYC doesn’t mean he didn’t spend a significant amount of time growing up at his parent’s 2nd home in Milanville. Many 2nd homeowners consider their country home in PA or Catskills to be their first home (generally they live in cramped apartments in NYC, so who can blame them?) I don’t think it matters how many acres they own or don’t own and I don’t care if nobody can find a lease that was never signed. And guess what? What you so lovingly call rich NIMBYs – you are soooo wrong. I ain’t rich and I don’t want that foul backwards industry anywhere near my back yard, front yard, side yard, above or below me. And I am in the majority.

    • Tom Shepstone
      Posted at 06:02h, 10 January Reply

      No one ever said he owned land in Milanville? Are you blind to hundreds of news articles about him turning down a $100,000 offer (which he never received)? The man is a liar, an avante garde filmmaker, who parlayed a connection with Debra Winger into fame and fortune fighting gas. The whole story is a charade and it does matter because it shows that nothing he says can be believed. You may not be rich, by the way, but you’re in the minority, not the majority and you are being used by wealthy NIMBYs who have financed ever bit of the attack on natural gas.

    • Michele S
      Posted at 06:59h, 10 January Reply

      Jennifer – We counter Josh Fox because he twisted the truth in his Gasland film to create panic and fear. We are honest, hard working folks trying to provide for our families. We spent a very long time researching gas drilling before we signed a gas lease. We all support wind and solar but the infrastructure is not in place to allow those types of alternative energy to be cost-effective. Over time, it may be. That is why natural gas is the bridge fuel to get us there. Let’s face the facts, we all need to heat our homes no matter how big or small our homes are. Plus, we need fuel to drive to work, the grocery store, etc. Its just a fact of life.
      I have good friends that lost their son in Iraq. He was shot threw the heart by a sniper. I’d much rather develop the natural resources God gave us than see another soldier die over oil.

  • AJ Sandone
    Posted at 22:27h, 09 January Reply

    Wake up America, drill and frack now. Energy independence, we don’t need to depend on any other Nation. Bring back our soldiers and keep our money here. 9-11 and the war we are into now is because of OIL. WAKE UP!!!!!!

  • Betty Sutliff, NWPOA
    Posted at 18:30h, 10 January Reply

    “Nobody ever said he owned the land in Milanville?” That was the first lie out of his own mouth not only in Gasland but in many television interviews. Go to the courthouse in Honesdale – only name on the deed is his father’s. It was only when we pointed that out that he started calling it “family land.”

  • NY4GAS
    Posted at 22:35h, 10 January Reply

    Jennifer, turn off your computer, stop driving cars, stop using fuel to heat, stop wearing clothes you didnt derive from some organic sheep, grow all your own food from your own seeds, wipe your backside with your hand and feritlize your own garden, and just start living what your ultimate results would be if you hippies were to get your way! stop being silly hypocrites!

    • Jennifer Garrison
      Posted at 14:22h, 12 January Reply

      I’ll do that if you stop living with clean water, because that is exactly what we will be loosing with fracking.

      • Tom Shepstone
        Posted at 14:30h, 12 January Reply

        Total speculation based on unsubstantiated fears does not make a compelling reason.

      • Victor Furman
        Posted at 00:58h, 16 January Reply

        Foolish…. where do you think all those things NY4GAS is refering to come from> certianly not a corn fielf

  • victor furman
    Posted at 18:33h, 11 January Reply

    Seems like the newest lie being told by anti activist….


    Aparrently now that the movie has been throughly debunked by scientist % accedemics all over the world the cult leaders are telling their followers to:


    • Jennifer Garrison
      Posted at 14:19h, 12 January Reply

      I was referring to the movie “Frack Nation”.

      • observer
        Posted at 00:56h, 16 January Reply

        Look Jennifer… Frack Nation is the life boat that will get you off the Island of BS the shipwrecked throughly debunked movie “Gaslies” set you upon… I strongly reccommend if someone tosses you a life preserver “grab it” And Frack Nation is that life preserver you been waiting for. Josh Fox lied to all of us as so many others in his camp have, not everyone bought into it though and those who have and see this movie should be very pissed off at how they were mislead

  • Betty Sutliff, NWPOA
    Posted at 08:38h, 13 January Reply

    So far I have watched There Will Be Blood, Gasland, spOILed, Mine Your Own Business, Truthland, FrackNation and I will, most likely, watch Promised Land when it comes out on TV. It was a careful watching of Gasland that caused us to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the lease Josh flashed across the screen was the NWPOA/HESS draft lease dated May of 2009. In Gasland Fox claimed he was offered the lease in 2008. The problem is that HESS wasn’t even in the area in 2008 and when HESS was here leasing, they were not leasing land south of Rte. 371, which is where Milanville is. No one in all of Wayne County was offered over $5000 an acre. The interest in leasing decreased from north to south. Milanville was never a hot spot. I believe Fox made up some poppycock story that he wasn’t allowed to disclose the name of the oil company that offered him the lease.

    Any anti gas person who refuses to watch FrackNation is proving my earlier point. The conservatives are more open minded and tolerant than the liberal leftists.

    Posted at 00:23h, 20 January Reply

    Very amusing to see Eastern-folk get all bent out of shape over a clean-burning source of energy that’s been in use for a long, long time. Perhaps some of the NIMBY efforts would be better invested in protecting our nation from the Social-Democrat-induced Presidential nightmare dem-voters have thrust upon the nation…if O’bamma gets his way we’ll all be home-less and warming our hands on an outdoor bonfire!

  • Diane
    Posted at 11:38h, 21 January Reply

    I would suggest that it’s time for someone to come and film a documentary that will tell the tale of Marcellus shale drilling in places in WV including Wetzel, Doddridge, and Harrison Counties. Quite a different story of the impacts of “slick water, high volume, hydraulic fracturing going on down here!”

    Come see us ! WV Host Farms will take interested researchers and journalists to ground zero to visit the actual well sites underway, and do so from our private properties where we are seeing a very different picture of industry impacts to the environment, health, and quality of life for our WV landowners.

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