Anti-fracking actor, screenwriter and quasi-public intellectual Matt Damon is under fire from a pro-fracking filmmaker who's calling the "Good Will Hunting" star an outright liar.
on the thorn in Damon's side in the form of Phelim McAleer, the director of the documentary "FrackNation
," which paints a more positive vision of natural gas extraction in the US than Damon's newest film "Promised Land
," which opened in theaters nationwide just before the new year. Damon's film centers on a small town's effort to resist corporate-backed hydraulic fracturing.
What's McAleer's beef with Damon, exactly? His depiction of the fracking process as being responsible for setting local water sources aflame, a phenomenon McAleer says happens quite naturally.
"The water has always been on fire," he assures, contradicting Damon's apparent depiction of fracking's unique contribution to the problem. "This is because of the naturally occurring gases, like methane, that can rise to the surface with water, which pre-dates fracking."
Damon has yet to respond to McAleer's charges that "Promised Land" is "classic propaganda," despite efforts to solicit a debate.
"I don't want to call Matt Damon a liar but he's a liar, really," charges McAleer.