A new way of extracting natural gas is currently expanding in Quebec. More specifically, in the lower St. Lawrence region between the cities of Montreal and Quebec, natural gas is being extracted from shale rock often located more than a kilometer in depth using a method known as hydraulic fracturing, or more simplified, fracking. Unfortunately, as experienced elsewhere in North America, this method can lead potentially to environmental damage and contaminate the water and air. With as yet no moratorium imposed by the Quebec government, gas companies are going forward with their exploration of shale gas extraction even though there are no in-depth environmental studies completed on the issue.
In Search of Fracking is a local documentary that offers the public a first-hand view of what the local population is experiencing. It portrays the landscape of the affected areas and visualizes for the audience what is at stake. The documentary was filmed close to Saint-Hyacinthe, in the Monteregie region, where several exploratory drilling sites are already installed.