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Natural Gas Activists Prep for FrackNation Screenings in Pa.

The producers of the documentary FrackNation have been touring the country to hold screenings and answer questions from viewers. They are in Pennsylvania this week with screenings in Philadelphia, Indiana, Scranton, and even in places like Montrose (Dimock) and Honesdale (Wayne County), both of which made appearances in the movie.

The Scranton screening of FrackNation went off without issue last night. One person was there to hand out papers with antagonistic questions to ask Phelim McAleer, but there’s nothing wrong with getting questions answered and the event remained a civil affair.  Some folks apparently don’t want that to be the case in Montrose — as you’ll see in a moment — but if respectability trumps ideology, they won’t be successful.

This really is a must see movie, and here are some details of where you can see it:

Sunday April 7 at 11:30am, &
Sunday April 7 at 7:30pm
Route Six Cinema Theater
1199 Texas Palmyra Highway, Honesdale, Pa.

Monday, April 8 at 6:30pm
Montrose Theater
38 Public Avenue, Montrose, Pa.

Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:00pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. (Philadelphia)

Thursday, April 11 @ 7:00pm
The Indiana Theater
637 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, Pa.

So, what is the opposition hoping to do?  Well, we came across an email from Citizens Action Group of New York yesterday about “Coming Anti Fracking Events,” which we assumed would include upcoming events in New York. But, included in the email was this little nugget:

Monday, April 8, 6:00pm, Montrose Theater, 38 Public Ave, Montrose, PA- Screening of pro-drilling movie,FrackNation. Our anti-fracking superheros, Vera and Craig are will be [sic] meeting for dinner at Original Italian Restaurant in Montrose around 5 pm to discuss strategy. Screening starts at 6:30pm.

We certainly weren’t surprised to see the Montrose screening on the list, with Dimock being the hub of anti-natural gas activity until the EPA put a stop to most of it by finding the water safe.  The very name continues to evoke sweet and even nostalgic memories for the serial protestors who made it home for a while.  Moreover, in Susquehanna County, aside from Vera Scroggins and Craig Stevens, who were listed in the email, the only way to turn out protesters is to invite them in from outside of the Marcellus Shale region or across the border in New York.  Of course, we’re never surprised to see them advertising to New Yorkers about a Pennsylvania event; in the end, it’s all about New York for them.

We also weren’t surprised to see Scroggins’ name on the list of organizers, especially after her previous confrontations with director, Phelim McAleer. What is a bit surprising is that after that display (you can watch it below, in case you missed it) she would be allowed to strategize anything against McAleer.

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But, apparently, there’s no shame in that kind of behavior among those select few who refuse to face the facts about the safety of natural gas development.

Notwithstanding the efforts of the opposition, the screening will be a civil event just like the other screenings across the country have been. The National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) and the film producers plan for it to be an educational experience and welcome everyone, including opponents.

If you’ve seen the film, please come out to watch it again with your neighbors, some of whom were featured. If you haven’t seen it yet, come watch it as part of a group and get your questions answered directly from Mr. McAleer.

Our experience suggests everyone in Dimock would love it if Vera and Craig came and showed a little class, civility, and respect for their neighbors.  Whether they do or do not, though, there will plenty of landowners in attendance who are there to learn.  The movie will give them that opportunity, which is the beauty of the whole thing.  Contrast that with what happened when our folks tried to get into this meeting and this one.

FrackNation offers a compelling story of natural gas development in Dimock and elsewhere that happens to be true, unlike so much of what we’ve heard from the likes of those strategizing how to interrupt the free flow of information.  Come and see it!



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