'All Fracked Up' documentary airs
TRI-COUNTY AREA—After getting involved in protesting the now dropped wastewater well in Pulteney, one couple has put together a film about Marcellus Shale drilling.
Jeff and Jodi Andrysick have filmed a documentary called “All Fracked Up,” which focuses on the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania, and commentary from area people like Cornell Prof. Tony Ingraffea.
Jodi said filming took three months, and included interviews done in Pennsylvania with people impacted by the drilling. Jeff said his sister, Lorelei Andrysick, is the film’s editor. He explained she has a degree in filmography.
For showings, visit www.allfrackedup.org.
Jeff explained that the goal of the movie is to get people to act. Specifically, this August and September at the local town and village level. He said the film encourages town and village boards to pass a resolution in August or September, not allowing Marcellus Shale drilling.
Jeff quoted George Mathewson, retired attorney, saying the towns not being able to do this is unconstitutional. He said Mathewson explained that towns and villages have the power to make laws to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people. Jeff added Marcellus Shale drilling can and has adversely effected these.
“It would flood the state,” he said. Jeff added that he knows not every municipality will do this, but hopes many will. Both said that the film also asks people to speak with area politicians and candidates.
The film depicts those negative impacts on people and communities, by speaking with Pennsylvania residents who had wells contaminated or who are opposed to the drilling. Jeff added in places with lots of truck traffic, because there are many wells, parents don’t let their children out and play because it is dangerous.
Jeff explained Marcellus Shale drilling can also harm the water supply. He said, “there’s nothing on Earth that can clean an aquifer.” He added the drilling process can drain an aquifer right out from under people.
For some footage, the two flew down to Pennsylvania from this area to get aerial shots. Jodi described the land as “scarred” from the bird’s eye view.
Jeff said the idea for the film came about after having many public meetings about Marcellus Shale drilling. He said there were a lot of the same people attending. Ingraffea, who spoke at such meetings, asked what could be done to get more people aware of the matter.