One of the favoured tactics of anti-industry activist groups is to try and scare local communities with unproven, untested claims about the supposed health impacts of industrial activities, including hydraulic fracturing.
Natural gas is continuing to be transported south, showing that gas producers are serious in their response to East Coast demand no matter from where it comes.
“We will do whatever it takes,” an angry looking activist snarls to the camera. “I’d like to see some of them in jail,” says a protest leader, presumably referring to company executives. So begins the trailer for the latest activist anti-gas movie, ‘Sacrifice Zone’. Judging by the movie trailer, self-righteous law-breaking by the protest movement…
Natural gas extraction – including fracking – poses no threat to human health and the environment, despite the claims of ‘Chicken Little alarmists’, argues Steve Wright.
The CWA has performed a valuable role in rural Australia for decades, but it’s not a scientific organisation, so its decision in WA to vote for a ban on fracking needs some scrutiny.
National small business administrator and advocate Kate Carnell has called on State and Territory governments to end their blockers to development of natural gas, predicting “dire consequences” if energy policies are not changed quickly.
In the sleight-of-hand movie ‘Gasland’, Josh Fox warned of the “industrial wasteland” which would be created by fracking in Pennsylvania. The Aussie anti-hero ‘Frackman’ followed the Fox formula, but really jumped the shark by predicting fracking would “destroy the world”.
The chemical manufacturing industry is the latest addition to a long list of authorities and industry groups concerned at the looming East Coast gas supply crunch.