Showing of 'Truthland' met with skepticism tonight in Youngstown


A mostly anti-fracking audience attended the first showing of “Truthland” in Youngstown on Tuesday at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor.

They laughed openly during the documentary, and waved red flags when they believed panel members after the movie were lying. Later, they complained about the controlled nature of the event.

“Truthland” is a film made by Shelly DePue, a Pennsylvania farmer whose land was leased and fracked. It attempts to rebuke the ideas presented in the film “Gasland,” which explores whether fracking is safe.

DePue was part of Tuesday’s panel and answered a question about a well on her property that caused the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to investigate.

“I object to the idea that most of the chemicals used in fracking are something that most of us have in our homes, said Judy Vershum, one of those in the audience against fracking. It was just an example of the untruths that are shown in this film, she said.

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