Matt Damon & Gus Van Sant Start Production on Fracking Film

Matt Damon and John Krasinski (The Office) will star in Promised Land, a feature about fracking they co-wrote based on a draft by Dave Eggers (Away We Go). Gus Van Sant is set to direct.

Hydraulic fracturing aka, fracking, the controversial drilling process in which millions of gallons of chemicals, water, and sand are blasted into rock to release natural gas, is still not on the forefront of most American’s minds. This film will no doubt change that.

The main issue with fracking is that it has the potential to contaminate ground water, as well as add tons of pollutants to the air. Also, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that earthquakes induced by human activity (ahem, fracking) have been documented in the United States, Japan, and Canada.

According to Politico, the movie which begins shooting in Pittsburgh later this month will take on an anti-fracking stance.

Promised Land is not the first to tackle this controversial issue. Gasland, which has a sequel coming out later this year, was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2011.

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