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Matt Damon's ‘Promised Land’ Fuels a Real-World Battle Over 'Fracking'

Jan 7, 2013
(The Hill)

The new Matt Damon film "Promised Land" is giving voice to critics of natural gas production, but the film faces opposition too as "fracking" goes Hollywood.

The movie arrives in the middle of political and regulatory battles over fracking, the controversial oil-and-gas development method that's enabling a U.S. production boom.

The Beltway has taken notice as green groups highlight the movie and conservatives attack it.

"Promised Land," which opened nationwide Friday to mixed reviews, boasts an all-star pedigree: Damon and John Krasinski (who plays Jim in the hit TV show "The Office") wrote it and star, while indie film pioneer Gus Van Sant directs.