Fractured # 186


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rai 186 fractured

  • Director/Anthropologist: Joshua Davis
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 7 mins
  • Country of Production: USA
  • Location: North Carolina, USA
  • Ethnic Group: American/ Mid-Western (Rural Ohio)
  • Language: English


Deep within Ohio’s Amish country, an industry is taking shape. Energy companies, attracted by the lure of natural gas, are leasing land for fracking, a controversial form of gas drilling. Proponents claim fracking boosts the economy, but opponents fear water contamination and other industrial hazards could harm their idyllic countryside.
Christine Moore, who raised her children on a farm that she used to rescue horses, found herself entangled in the debate. One by one, all her neighbours leased their land for fracking. And when a nearby well was drilled and her water appeared bad, the Moores were confronted with the reality of losing their barn, horses and, ultimately, the home they loved.

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