ND’s oil patch theaters not showing anti-fracking film

Though “Promised Land,” the new film that takes on the controversial process of “fracking,” opens in wide release across the country today, moviegoers in North Dakota’s oil patch won’t be able to see it anytime soon.

Neither the Odyssey Cine 3 Theatre in Dickinson, the Grand Theatre in Williston nor the Carmike Stadium 9 in Minot will be getting “Promised Land” this weekend, according to theater owners and managers.

Fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling technique being used to extract oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Formation, but critics argue the process can pollute the ground where it’s used.

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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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