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Dryden: The Small Town That Changed The Fracking Game

Watch the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry.

Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game

A 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Official Selection

"The industry kept saying: 'We have the power; you have none. We are coming. Get out of the way or leave,'" says Joanne Cipolla-Dennis, recalling what happened when the oil and gas industry came to her town of Dryden, NY.

But Joanne and her neighbors came up with a plan. This is the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry.

As fracking bears down on 31 states across the country, this story offers hope and important lessons for communities trying to protect themselves.

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