New movie is rich with environmental propaganda

Friday, October 12, 2012
Chris Woodward (

A pro-natural gas organization thinks an upcoming film about a farmer taking on a natural gas corporation is predictable. 

Promised Land (movie poster)The film Promised Land features Matt Damon as a salesman trying to get farmers and landowners to sell their property to his natural gas company. John Krasinski plays a farmer whose land was polluted by natural gas drilling. It's the latest in a string of dramatizations that put natural gas and drillers in a negative light, like in the controversial documentary Gasland and a 2010 episode of CSI.

Steve Everley, spokesman for Energy in Depth, says the film is not based on the facts, but on Hollywood sensationalism.

"With this film in particular, the producers of Promised Land have found probably the most interesting way to derive economic gain from natural gas production, which is through demonizing it," he remarks.

Everley, Steve (Energy in Depth)"In one sense, this was predictable. Hollywood typically lives in its own universe, but the reality is that shale development is safe, it's tightly regulated and it's delivering economic prosperity even in challenging economic times -- but no one rolls out the red carpet or recommends an Academy Award for the facts."

The producers of Promised Land have made clear that the film is a work of fiction. That hasn't stopped some news outlets and free-market groups from pointing out flaws. A New York Post article says Damon and Krasinski, who also wrote the film, were forced to do re-writes because it turned out that their premise was founded on fraud.

Meanwhile, Heritage Foundation says the film was financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

Energy in Depth is offering its own documentary on the facts of natural gas drilling at

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