Portage TEA Party sponsors 'FrackNation' viewing

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A showing of "FrackNation," a documentary on the horizontal hydraulic fracture process used in shale oil and gas drilling, recently drew some 200 people to Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna.

The showing was sponsored by the Portage County TEA Party to provide information for residents about the drilling process.

"FrackNation" is a response to other documentaries and reports that question the environmental safety of hydraulic fracturing.

The film was independently funded using a new social media called "crowdfunding," in which more than 3,000 individuals donated more than $220,000 to pay for its production.

It was written and directed by a trio of filmmakers: husband and wife team Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney and their colleague Magdalena Segieda.

The filmmakers did not take any oil or gas industry money to fund their investigation, which took several years to complete.

Those who missed the showing but would like to see the movie can purchase a copy of "FrackNation" at the Portage County TEA Party office in Kent. Call 330-474-3878 for details.

To schedule a public showing of "FrackNation" in your community or to your group, please contact Tom Zawistowski at the Portage County TEA Party office or by email to info@portagecountyteaparty.com.

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