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Damon, Krasinski react to controversy surrounding UT fracking study

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This week, the University of Texas yielded to a critical, independent review of a controversial study the school released on hydraulic fracturing.

The study was conducted by the university's Energy Institute and looked at the link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination.

Fracking is the process used to unlock natural gas found in shale formations. A watchdog group brought up concerns with the study when it discovered the main author was also working for a company involved in fracking.

In the words of the review committee, the study "fell short of contemporary standards for scientific work." The committee also recommended that the study be withdrawn. UT says it will implement all of the committee's findings.

The debate over fracking also spills into an upcoming movie with some big stars getting involved.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski star in "Promised Land" and spent years researching and writing the movie together. The drama explores the economic and environmental impact fracking has on small towns facing hard economic times.

In an interview with YNN, Damon commented on conflicts of interest in environmental issues like fracking.

"It's a big problem in America and I think something that people really worry about is 'what is the truth?'" Sometimes it seems very hard to get all the money out of the system so that you can just get to what are the actual answers. I think that's something people worry about more today than when I was a kid," Damon said.

Krasinski responded to the controversy over UT's study with disappointment about the delay in progress it could cause.

"That's really sad and upsetting because the truth is this is a very big issue for a reason and the reason is the incredible potential of fracking and natural gas drilling is huge," Krasinski said.

"Promised Land" makes it to Austin theaters in early January though it's already been named one of the top 10 films of 2012 by the National Board of Review.

YNN Film Reporter Victor Diaz has more with Damon and Krasinski on how fracking has become a hot topic locally and beyond.

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