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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Ann McElhinney, a filmmaker and former journalist, spoke about fracking at the West Kern Petroleum Summit last week, and her passion sparked Californian columnist Lois Henry's interest.
McElhinney gave Henry a copy of her documentary "Fracknation," which uncovers fracking facts in America, and Henry discussed her favorite parts Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
"It's a great film and they talked to scientists and asked the important questions that ultimately determined there was no documented contaminated water caused by fracking," Henry said.
Richard Beene, Californian president and CEO, told Henry that one of the best statements in her column Sunday was "ultimately, fear, not truth, drives policy."
Henry said that after watching the film and covering the oil industry for so many years, she couldn't have said it any other way.
"Some places have banned fracking completely and the truth is we need energy to run a modern society," Henry said.
Although she does agree some regulations are necessary, Henry said the oil and gas industries are not helping the "fracking" uproar.
"They have been doing this since forever but if they were to explain and not hide it, they would ease a lot of fears that people have on fracking," Henry said.