Matt Damon's "Promised Land"

by: Duston Erwin at 12/22/2012 11:47:39 AM | Viewed 3584 times.

Some of you may have already seen a commercial for this movie that is about to hit theatres.  I just saw it for the first time last night.

First off, I am not a journalist or movie reviewer by any means...

I'm not exactly conviced that this casts a 'positive' light on our industry.  Although I didn't see Michael Moore at the helm, it does seem to have a "Gas-Land" vibe, but with less of a 'docu-drama' feel and more of a Hollywood production.

Matt Damon's character is a Landman, acquiring Oil & Gas Leases for a company in 'Small Town, USA'.  

I saw a few flashes of "Fracking" fliers, brochures and posters, and the trailer leads one to believe that this small community has some resistance to say the least.

Of course Hollywood seems to have worked in a story of romance between Damon's character and a local school teacher he encouters at a bar, there seems no doubt that this film is focused around the controversy of Natural Gas E&P companies in our country and domestic energy resources.

The story is likely to give us a happy ending, but that 'happiness' might be more focused around the romance of Damon's character and the small town school teacher and less around the success of the economic potential that our industry can bring to a community.

I hate to sound pessimistic about the movie, but since I'm already not a big fan of Matt Damon's acting, I believe I will be watching this movie with some reservation.

Here is a link to the Official Trailer: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vzEcZJSdW-4

 

Thanks for reading.

 

~Duston Erwin

Landman & Notary Public

225.572.6845

ErwinLandCo@gmail.com

 

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An email I got this morning from another Paul Nielson subscriber (in it's entirety):


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From: Hammock, Catherine Louise (Cathy)
Date: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Subject: Promised Land, FrackNation, and Energy In Depth
To: "ErwinLandCo@gmail.com"


Duston,



I saw your note and BRAPL article in Paul Nielsen’s LandNews. I forwarded some additional information and resources to Paul this morning. Please see the attached. Feel free to share this information with family, friends and BRAPL members if you choose.



Cathy Hammock

Sr. Staff Landman, CBM Business Area

EP Energy E&P Company, L.P.

1001 Louisiana

Houston, Texas 77002

Office: 713-997-5982

Cell: 832-493-0347

Facsimile: 713-445-8309

Email: cathy.hammock@epenergy.com



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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Hammock, Catherine Louise (Cathy)"
To: "'Paul F. Nielsen'"
Cc:
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:52:32 -0600
Subject: Energy In Depth, Promised Land and FrackNation

Paul,



I saw the note in the recent issue of LandNews with a link to an article from BRAPL regarding Promised Land. The articles below should give your readers enough info to decide they do not want to pay to see this movie. The segments below and links were taken from a newsletter from Energy In Depth which is a great resource for our industry and non-industry folks to gather factual information. The website for Energy In Depth is www.energyindepth.org. You can sign up on the website to receive their emailed newsletters. You can also view videos “TruthLand” and “The Real Promised Land” as well as explore the Library for various reports, videos, etc. that are fact based, not hype based. This website is a good one to share with family, friends, and strangers. I have even referred people that I met in airports to this website when I overheard conversations regarding our industry. There are always going to be some people who will believe the sky is falling because that is what they want to believe, but most people simply want to get the true facts to be able to reasonably assess for themselves what is of concern and what is not. This website is a great tool to allow us to do just that.



Another item of interest is that FrackNation will be premiering on AXS TV on January 22, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. CST and 7:00 p.m. MST The following information came to me through DAPL. You can locate the local channel for AXS TV by clicking on the link below and inserting your zip code and cable provider. AXS TV is channel 673 for the Houston area, Comcast customers.

“FrackNation is a film aimed at highlighting the good economic news about increased oil and natural gas production and the environmental record of fracing while helping to dispel some of the myths propagated by films such as GasLand and Promised Land.

Be sure to watch the FrackNation premiere on Tuesday, January 22nd at 8:00 p.m. CST, 7:00 p.m. MST on AXS TV. The timing is excellent, coming soon after the release of Matt Damon’s latest film Promised Land with its further distortion of fracing.”



PROMISED LAND

“Promised Land” draws eye roll from energy industry. Bloomberg. “‘Gasland’ lends itself to rebuttal and correction in a way that ‘Promised Land’ does not,” Energy In Depth’s Chris Tucker said in an interview. Tucker’s group created a site featuring local landowners, RealPromisedLand.org. “On this site, you won’t find any actors, scripts or manufactured storylines,” EID says on the site. “What you will find here is real people, with real stories, about how development has impacted them and their families. ‘‘These aren’t stories you’re likely to see out at the movies,” it said. “But we think they’re pretty remarkable, just the same.”

Drilling For Facts Under 'Promised Land' Fiction. NPR. The natural gas industry, on the other hand, sees little value in this film. "It's a complete work of fiction," says Steve Forde, vice president of policy and communications for the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition.

‘Promised Land’ eyes drilling controversy. Tribune Review. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, a local nonprofit coalition, will run ads at selected “Promised Land” showings, says spokesman Travis Windle. The ads will direct audiences to a web-site called learnaboutshale.org. “A lot of folks think they understand the nuclear industry because they‘ve seen ‘The Simpsons,‘ but we don‘t want people to walk away from this fictional film thinking it‘s an accurate depiction of how the natural gas industry conducts its business,” Windle says.

“Promised Land” courts controversy but settles for even-handed mediocrity. Houston Chronicle/Fuel Fix. “It’s clearly a part of the national dialogue,” said Reid Porter, a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute.

Matt Damon called “liar” by FrackNation filmmaker. Politico. “I don’t want to call Matt Damon a liar, but he’s a liar, really,” McAleer said. “It’s a deeply political movie and it’s deeply disingenuous for Matt Damon to say otherwise. … Matt Damon isn’t telling the truth.” McAleer’s criticism of the film and Damon’s politics seems to center primarily around the suggestion that fracking can contaminate local water supplies to the point of making them flammable, a point made most prominently in the 2010 documentary, “Gasland.” While not exactly reassuring, perhaps, McAleer says “the water has always been on fire” going as far back as the 17th century.

Industry strikes back at 'Promised Land'. Times Online. "This film is purely a work of fiction and is not reflective of the work our industry undertakes, all done within an aggressive and effective regulatory framework," said MSC spokesman Steve Forde. "Our focus remains on creating even more American jobs, safely producing our abundant, clean-burning, domestic natural gas resources, revitalizing rural communities and our nation’s manufacturing base, and most importantly, doing it in a way that is safe," Forde. NOTE: KDKA TV also reports.

Oil patch movie theaters not showing 'Promised Land' - for now. Dickinson Press. Tom Agnes, owner of the Williston theater, said he had “no idea” if his cinema will show “Promised Land” in the future, but added it’s not because of anything to do with the film’s controversial subject. “It’s an independent film, and we don’t usually play those,” he said.

Promises delivered. Columbus Dispatch. "Fracking" has been a hot topic across the nation for the past year, and the issue makes its dramatic big-screen debut in Promised Land, starring Matt Damon (issues associated with natural-gas drilling were first introduced to film audiences in the 2010 documentary Gasland).



Please share this information with your readers.



Cathy Hammock

Sr. Staff Landman, CBM Business Area

EP Energy E&P Company, L.P.

1001 Louisiana

Houston, Texas 77002

Office: 713-997-5982

Cell: 832-493-0347

Facsimile: 713-445-8309

Email: cathy.hammock@epenergy.com



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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Hammock, Catherine Louise (Cathy)"
To: "'Paul F. Nielsen'"
Cc:
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:02:33 -0600
Subject: FW: Energy In Depth Morning News 1-7-13

This morning’s EID newsletter is below with additional info on Promised Land. I hope you’re doing well. Happy New Year!



Cathy Hammock

Sr. Staff Landman, CBM Business Area

EP Energy E&P Company, L.P.

1001 Louisiana

Houston, Texas 77002

Office: 713-997-5982

Cell: 832-493-0347

Facsimile: 713-445-8309

Email: cathy.hammock@epenergy.com



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From: Energy In Depth [mailto:Dana=energyindepth.org@mail4.us1.rsgsv.net] On Behalf Of Energy In Depth
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2013 8:34 AM
To: Hammock, Catherine Louise (Cathy)
Subject: Energy In Depth Morning News 1-7-13




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Energy In Depth
Monday, January 7, 2013

EID-California: Activists support exact same disclosure language in some states, oppose it in others (1/6)

EID-Marcellus: “Promised Land” picks up some of the worst reviews of the season (1/5)

NATIONAL

HF Found Safe In New York. Investor's Business Daily, Editorial. When Cuomo campaigned, he indicated he was open to approving the process, which has been shut down in New York since a 2008 moratorium. But he's apparently nervous about crossing those opposed to it. We suggest Cuomo stiffen his spine. The benefits of fracking are phenomenal.

Fracknation: An Elegant Antidote to Media Misinformation. National Review, Op-Ed. McAleer’s resulting documentary, FrackNation, opens January 7 in New York City. FrackNation is an elegant antidote to GasLand, and coincidentally to Matt Damon’s new Promised Land, the latter a “clumsy crusade against fracking,” according to a recent NRO review.

A Graphic View of How Shale Gas could Change the Future. Oil Price. The real impact stems from its effect on the oil market. Shale gas offers the means to vastly increase the supply of fossil fuels for transportation, which will cut into the rising demand for oil — fuelled in part by China’s economic growth — that has dominated energy policymaking over the last decade.

EPA’s HF study won’t tackle quantitative likelihood scenario. Associated Press. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobby based in Washington, said in a statement that the progress report “is just the first step in a multi-year research study.” “More collaboration, continued transparency and stakeholder involvement are essential elements for any scientifically sound study, and we hope that the rest of this process remains open and any data released has the necessary context,” API policy adviser Stephanie Meadows said.

Key subpanel plans to tackle nuclear waste, HF, coal ash. E&E News (sub req’d). Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (R) indicated that his Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will pick up largely where it left off in 2012, when he was also chairman.

Exports of Natural Gas May Fall Short of High Hopes. New York Times. Only five years ago, several giant natural gas import terminals were built to satisfy the energy needs of a country hungry for fuels. But the billion-dollar terminals were obsolete even before the concrete was dry as an unexpected drilling boom in new shale fields from Pennsylvania to Texas produced a glut of cheap domestic natural gas.

PROMISED LAND

“Promised Land” expected to lose money. Box Office Mojo, Review. After a middling performance in limited release, Promised Land expanded to 1,676 locations this weekend but could only muster $4.3 million (good for 10th place). While Matt Damon is obviously a star, audiences aren't going to show up for anything he does, especially when the marketing fails to present any semblance of an interesting story. With its "B" CinemaScore, and without any Academy Award nominations (that's an assumption based on its poor reviews and lack of any previous awards recognition), the movie should disappear quickly from theaters."

Groups launch prebuttal to Damon flick. E&E News (sub req’d). On this site, you won't find any actors, scripts or manufactured storylines," Energy in Depth said on the site. "What you will find here is real people, with real stories, about how development has impacted them and their families. These aren't stories you're likely to see out at the movies. But we think they're pretty remarkable, just the same." NOTE: Good Morning America also “reports”; EID cited. Clip available here.

Damon's anti-HF film fails to deliver. Patriot News, Review. The anti-fracking politics of the film are no less misleading than Josh Fox's "Gasland" documentary, but more ham-handed. The legitimate questions about the various dangers of fracking are reduced in "Promised Land" to one image: dead Holstein cows scattered belly-up in a barnyard. In the real world, if that had actually happened, the image would be on the front of every newspaper in the country; it wouldn't have to be brought into town by a crusading and charismatic environmentalist named - apparently without irony - Noble, played by John Krasinski. But this is Hollywood.

“Promised Land' viewers get pro-shale preview in Pa. Gas Business Briefing (sub req’d). Pennsylvania theater-goers attending the Matt Damon movie “Promised Land” during its opening days will get a little something extra with their previews: a 15-second ad inviting them to visit a website that touts the benefits of shale gas drilling. NOTE: Pittsburgh Business Times also reports.

'Promised Land' too shallow. Troy Record, Review. The problem with "Promised Land" is that there just isn't enough real drama to make us care about the outcome. There is about 60-minutes worth of story that’s stretched to 95, meaning scenes that are too long and filler subplots.

INTERNATIONAL

Shale gas in the UK: it's not all about the science. New Statesman, Op-Ed. Shale gas exploitation has recently been given the go-ahead in the UK. With all the excitement, claim and counter claim, it would be easy to forget that to date not a single molecule of methane from shale gas has been produced and sold.

Natural gas game has changed. Welland Tribune, LTE. Not only does North America have a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks to the prolific shale gas development, experts now predict there is closer to 150 years worth of domestic supply.

Viewpoints: HF’s risks and benefits. BBC News. The UK government recently lifted its moratorium on the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The technique involves pumping fluids into a well to recover natural gas from shale rock.

Shell Leads S. Africa on Record Oil Rush as Coal Falters. Bloomberg. South Africa, the African continent’s economic engine, is on the cusp of an oil rush never before seen in the country as burgeoning energy demand exposes the vulnerability of its dependence on coal.

China has a way to go to tap shale gas riches. The Australian. China’s aspiration for a US-style gas bonanza that will reduce its dependence on imported energy must confront three key scarcities -- water, shale gas expertise and pipelines -- before it can become a reality.

MISSISSIPPI

Miss. town leases land for HF. E&E News (sub req’d). Mayor George Gerhart said that since the town aldermen voted to approve fracturing, or fracking, during their last meeting, signing the lease was a formality. Gerhart said he believes the technique is safe "as long as the process is done correctly."

NORTHEAST

58000 jobs? Marcellus gas delivering in W.V. Charleston Gazette. Two new reports say West Virginia already has gained more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs since 2008, thanks to the new wave of horizontal drilling in the Marcellus field.

Cuomo likely won't address Marcellus plans in state address. Press & Sun-Bulletin. With a state health review of the technique still ongoing, Cuomo is not expected to make any substantive mention of fracking in his Wednesday address. He has stressed he would wait to take a position until the review is completed.

Website compiles data from shale drilling. Pocono Record. Carl Hagstrom founded MarcellusGas.Org in mid-2010 after conducting his own frustrating search for relevant information about the gas extraction boom around his Jessup Township home and business. MarcellusGas.Org is a subscription site that costs $20 annually. A free guest membership offers a limited number of views.

Shipment of shale gas waste liquids awaits Coast Guard go-ahead. State Journal. The gas drilling industry has made inquiries in West Virginia about shipping waste fluids by barge for disposal, but no shipments can be made until the U.S. Coast Guard decides how to make it safe.

Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Merchant Will Lead Protest in Albany. Show Biz 411. The Incredible Hulk and the leader of 10,000 Maniacs are getting together to protest fracking. Actor Mark Ruffalo and singer Natalie Merchant are leading a group to Albany this Wednesday to register their anti-fracking feelings with Governor Andrew Cuomo. They’re planning an all out campaign to appear at Cuomo’s State of the State Address.

BU should tread carefully in gas debate. Press & Sun-Bulletin, LTE. As an alumnus of Binghamton University, I receive the Binghamton University magazine in the mail. The latest edition featured an interview with a geologist who argued that exploiting the natural gas in the Marcellus shale is an environmentally friendly way of addressing climate change.

Activists Plan Anti-HF Rally At Cuomo Fundraiser. City & State. In the wake of a recently obtained draft assessment on hydraulic fracturing, anti-fracking activists plan to rally outside of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s birthday fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan on Monday night.

Student group to host anti-HF workshop. Ithaca Journal. Mayor Svante Myrick, ecologist and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber and others are scheduled to speak. The anti-fracking film “Dear Governor Cuomo” will be screened.

Make studies public. Watertown Daily Times, Editorial. The disclosure of a Health Department analysis on the risks of hydraulic fracturing raises more questions about the state’s delay in making a decision on whether to allow the controversial drilling method.

OHIO

Utica Shale area bodes well for Valley. Youngstown Vindicator. The production area of the Utica Shale is shrinking compared with some industry expectations, but that won’t necessarily be a bad thing for the Mahoning Valley. “It’s a good thing for the Mahoning Valley that the shale play is being defined, and the area is right in the heart of it all,” said Dan Alfaro, spokesman for Energy-In-Depth, an oil-and-gas industry outreach group.

Ohio a year behind schedule on state park, forest drilling. Columbus Dispatch. A state law gave Gov. John Kasich a November 2011 deadline to appoint a five-member commission that would lease park and forest mineral rights to the highest bidders. And that commission had until June 2012 to come up with rules.

Creatures thrive in wells. Columbus Dispatch. The Marcellus shale holds a buried bounty of natural gas for humans, but it also might become a residence for microscopic creatures more at home at the bottom of Earth’s oceans.

TEXAS

There are issues to face in this land of plenty. Corpus Christi Caller Times, Column. We've spent so many years singing the woe-is-me blues that it's hard to avoid the fact that Corpus Christi is sitting pretty as we enter 2013. A dropping unemployment rate, the promise of the Tianjin pipe plant in San Patricio County and, of course, the boon of the Eagle Ford shale oil and gas play are bringing a lot of smiles locally.

Barnett Shale rigs rise by 5. Fort Worth Star Telegram. The number of active rigs in the Barnett Shale rose by five this week to 35, apparently a rebound from last week, when the total was probably depressed by ice and snow that blew in during Christmas week.


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by: Duston Erwin at 1/7/2013 12:54:01 PM
The link below is for "TruthLand", a video I found on YouTube that is an answer to "GasLand" &/or "Promised Land". ~30+ minutes but worth the watch!
by: Duston Erwin at 12/26/2012 10:44:24 AM
TruthLand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTJaaeiuzSU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
by: Duston Erwin at 12/25/2012 7:48:42 AM