Opening this week is a small, yet powerful, documentary on the ill-effects of using the controversial “fracking” technique to extract natural gas.
Now, I’m not a scientist, or a geologist, but I am a film reviewer, and watching Gasland was illuminating enough to allow the mere mention of natural gas to prompt a range of pretty terrifying images.
So when a story broke over the weekend that suggests natural gas mining may soon become a reality for inner Sydney, it’s clear that the timing for the release of this powerful documentary film could not be more apt.
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Australia’s burgeoning liquified natural gas industry is no laughing matter for Central Queensland farmers faced with falling property prices and a growing maze of gas wells on prime agricultural land.
With the recent green light for two controversial multi-billion dollar LNG projects, and a third granted conditional State Government approval this week, a national land rights organization has urged landholders to exercise “extreme caution” in dealing with gas exploration ventures.
Many farmers themselves are madder than Jumping Jack Flash and threatening a “Lock the Gate” campaign.
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