A pro-natural gas organization thinks an upcoming film about a
farmer taking on a natural gas corporation is
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
"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.
"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
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
Energy in Depth is offering its own documentary on the facts of
natural gas drilling at www.truthlandmovie.com.
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the federal government would launch a new research effort regarding
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