Activists like to try to portray resource companies as bullies – despite the ongoing evidence that they themselves are commonly the source of vitriolic attacks.
Last month we reported the positive draft finding of the scientific inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory. The inquiry made a number of recommendations about regulations and initiatives to protect land and water, but its over-arching conclusion was that the ‘fracking’ risks were manageable, and with good regulation, in some cases could be eliminated altogether.
There has been a flurry of activity on social media this week trying to accuse gas pipeline survey workers of trespass and suggesting police were considering arresting them.
Indigenous representatives in northern Australia today sent a strong message to anti-gas activists: trying to pressure communities will not work.
In contrast to the claims of protesters, not everyone is opposed to fossil fuels. The majority of Australians rely on coal and gas-fired electricity to run their businesses, heat their homes and keep the lights on.
An attempt to place a permanent moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania was voted down by the state government on Wednesday.
Activist groups who claim charity status to fund their campaigns are gearing up the outrage-o-meter as a Government review of their right to tax-exempt status rolls on.
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.