Recent comments from a highly regarded businessman about the conduct of anti-industry activists and their campaigns against coal seam gas development show again the frustrations of many.
Speaking at an infrastructure conference in Sydney, former Business Council of Australia chairman Tony Shepherd reportedly said:
“Here we are sitting on a wonderful resource which could really help get NSW going, and we’re going to leave it in the ground because of what I think is grossly misinformed public opinion.”
Mr Shepherd went on to say:
“We’ve got this campaign against CSG driven by the Greens – picked up by local residents who get concerned and probably, in many cases are very misinformed”
The comments came after the Greens promised to go ‘back to Bentley’ following gas company Metgasco’s announcement that they are progressing plans to recommence activity in the NSW Northern Rivers district.
The Bentley protest was one of the great examples of a misleading scare campaign writ large, and became a clarion call for activists (whether or not they were interested in gas development, as this video shows).
And speaking of misleading scare campaigns, new research in the US has apparently shown that the discredited Gasland ‘documentary’ has been the foundation of the anti-fracking movement.
Energy in Depth has much more to say about that research here, but one useful tidbit to keep in mind is that a poll last year found the opposite – that Gasland was, in fact, the least trustworthy source of information about the gas industry and hydraulic fracturing.