BY JOE TYRRELL
What if the serpent in the garden thinks he is offering Adam and Eve a really good deal on an apple?
That’s the premise of “Promised Land,” a genial look at the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, fracking, for natural gas at its current ground zero. Fortunately, there’s more to the story than environmental politics.
Matt Damon is Steve Harper, a hot-shot salesman working his way up the corporate ladder at a large natural gas company. Along with a promotion, he is dispatched to bucolic western Pennsylvania, where Global Crosspower Solutions wants to acquire leases to frack under a faming community.
In the process, a mix of water, sand and hazardous chemicals are injected at high pressure deep into the ground to break up rock formations and release the gas.