Documentary warns of hydrofracking dangers

BY STACI WILSON

Concerned about hydraulic fracturing techniques used by the natural gas industry led an upstate farming couple into the world of documentary film making.

When a gas company wanted to inject wastewater into a well in their hometown of Pulteney, N.Y., Jeff and Jodi Andrysick, embarked on a quest to get more information about the issue.

The result of their quest is the documentary, “All Fracked Up,” which makes its Pennsylvania premier with the filmmakers at the Montrose movie theater on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m.

Jeff Andrysick said, “We talked to a lot of people across Pennsylvania with contaminated (water) wells.”

The filmmaker said some people he spoke with were afraid to appear on camera but that several Dimock residents agreed to be filmed about the contamination of their (water) wells that occurred after nearby natural gas drilling activity took place.

Andrysick said the gas industry uses “smoke and mirrors” to hide the dangers of the hydraulic fracturing process.

“There’s a lot more to this than what (the natural gas companies) are saying,” Andrysick said.

The Andrysicks and Dave Walczak, program coordinator for Citizens for Healthy Communities, will lead a discussion after the showing.

For more information about the documentary, visit www.AllFrackedUp.com.

JEFF and JODI ANDRYSICK

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