A new anti-fracking movie, Promised Land, is set to release in a couple of months, but controversy around the movie is already in full swing.
The film has come under fire because one of its financiers is a state-owned enterprise of Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi government-owned oil company operates in direct competition with American gas and oil, which has become more accessible and lower priced thanks to fracking. In other words, oil barons in the Middle East are partnering with Hollywood to attack the greatest energy boom in a generation.
But Promised Land's problems aren't isolated to questions over the film's financiers. Phelim McAleer explains:
I broke the news that "Promised Land" was about fracking and now I can reveal that the script's seen some very hasty rewriting because of real-world evidence that anti-fracking activists may be the true villains.
In courtroom after courtroom, it has been proved that anti-fracking activists have been guilty of fraud or misrepresentation.
There was Dimock, Pa. - the likely inspiration for "Promised Land," which is also set in Pennsylvania. Dimock featured in countless news reports, with Hollywood celebrities even bringing water to 11 families who claimed fracking had destroyed their water and their lives.
But while "Promised Land" was in production, the story of Dimock collapsed. The state investigated and its scientists found nothing wrong. So the 11 families insisted EPA scientists investigate. They did - and much to the dismay of the environmental movement found the water was not contaminated.
Hollywood is the land of fiction, so no one should be surprised when a movie like Promised Land attempts to construct a story that isn't based on fact. Unfortunately, the stars in Hollywood and Middle East emirates are not the only groups engaging in a frack attack.
The reality is far different than the Hollywood portrayal of the fracking bogeymen. Fracking in Pennsylvania has created jobs, lowered utility bills, and contrary to popular belief, has not contaminated the water supply.