Fans of the environment will be happy to learn that A-List actor Matt Damon will be starring in the anti-fracking movie The Promised Land which he co-wrote with fellow actor John Krasinski.
Krasinski will also co-star in the movie which features “as rival corporate executives, with the former thesp playing a character whose life is thrown into disarray after he arrives in a small town.”
Also appearing in the film will be Frances McDormand who plays a rule following employees along with Rosemarie DeWitt, a schoolteacher who gets caught between Matt’s and John’s characters.
The movie will also reunite Matt Damon with Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant.
The Promised Land isn’t the first feature to take on the dangerous act of fracking, in 2010 the documentary Gasland explained the health concerns of citizens while showcasing a “flammable water” scene that caused a stir among environmentalists and citizens alike.
The process of “fracking” or “hydraulic fracturing” involves extracting natural gas from shale rock by injecting chemicals into the wells for drilling, a practice that may tain nearby drinking water.
A recent EPA test found “dangerous quantities of methane gas” and “dozens of other contaminants, including low levels of chemicals known to cause cancer and heavy metals that exceed the agency’s “trigger level” and could
According to ProPublica in Dimock, Pennsylvania:
“Dangerous quantities of methane gas” and “dozens of other contaminants, including low levels of chemicals known to cause cancer and heavy metals that exceed the agency’s “trigger level” and could lead to illness if consumed over an extended period of time. The EPA’s assurances suggest that the substances detected do not violate specific drinking water standards, but no such standards exist for some of the contaminants and some experts said the agency should have acknowledged that they were detected at all.”
Further details about The Promised Land will be released in the coming months.
Do you think Matt Damon and John Krasinski can pull off an emotional turn in a moving about natural gas fracking?