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Van Sant and Damon Attack Fracking with "The Promised Land"

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik April 9, 2012 at 9:32AM

I normally wouldn't write a post on a production announcement, but this one is making major political waves in the mediasphere: Turns out Gus van Sant and Matt Damon's new film "The Promised Land," is being dubbed an "anti-fracking movie," and will likely bring the controversial drilling practive into the public sphere, far more than Josh Fox, director of Oscar nominee "Gasland," could ever have hoped.
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I normally wouldn't write a post on a production announcement, but this one is making major political waves in the mediasphere: Turns out Gus van Sant and Matt Damon's new film "The Promised Land," is being dubbed an "anti-fracking movie," and will likely bring the controversial drilling practive into the public sphere, far more than Josh Fox, director of Oscar nominee "Gasland," could ever have hoped.

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According to Variety, Damon and Krasinski will star "as rival corporate executives, with the former thesp playing a character whose life is thrown into disarray after he arrives in a small town." The film also stars Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook, who "will play an engineer who lives in the town and opposes a corporate takeover being led by Damon."

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling process for extracting natural gas from shale rock. The procedure has caused concern due in part to the chemicals injected into the wells for drilling, which may taint nearby drinking water. 

With Fox working on a sequel to "Gasland" and "The Promised Land" going into production this summer, concerns about fracking will likely explode into a major hot button topic sometime next year.