There is plenty in the movie Promised Land that will prompt energy industry insiders to roll their eyes. But the overall issues explored in the film, which is being widely released in theaters Friday, are very real.
A process called hydraulic fracturing has led to drilling booms that are transforming rural communities into industrial zones. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," makes it possible to tap into natural gas reservoirs deep underground. But first, gas companies have to convince landowners to allow them to drill.
Fort Collins city council members have voted unanimously to halt new oil and gas development—including hydraulic fracturing—for seven months. The move comes as city officials are looking to write long-term rules around the practice, and state rules also appear to be in flux.
Initiative 300, which banned fracking within Longmont city limits, passed in November despite oil and gas companies raising close to a half million dollars toward defeat of the measure. The ban will now face an industry legal challenge.
In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about fracking, the new technique for extracting natural gas that has suddenly become a huge — and controversial — deal in this country.