They are met with opposition from a local school teacher, and the town struggles between wanting new jobs and royalties, and fearing possible environmental concerns. The story is fictitious, and not a documentary like 2011 Oscar-nominated Gasland.
While it can be hard to fact-check a fictional story, Shale Resource Centre Canada believes this is yet another opportunity to get across what they say are the real “facts” about the industry. The non-profit corporation argues that there are some differences between the issues brought forward in this movie, and what we face here in northeast B.C.
For instance, it explains that Damon’s character promising “millions” to the residents doesn’t happen here, as Canadian governments own the majority of mineral rights in the country. Instead, land owners can receive money from land rentals and leases, and municipalities receive revenues from taxes on natural gas equipment and infrastructure.
SRCC also argues that the dilemma of sacrificing the safety of the environment for jobs and money isn’t actually a real problem here or in the United States.
“With good operating practices to ensure compliance with strict regulations, natural gas can be developed safely, while providing jobs and economic benefits to local communities,” it writes in a release.
However, the Centre is still encouraging people to see the film, which opened on January 4, while keeping in mind that it is a work of fiction.