Ad aims to unleash anti-CSG fury
A YOU TUBE film uploaded on Saturday by protest group CSG Free Northern Rivers has called for the end of dialogue and the dawn of full-scale direct action against the CSG industry.
Backed by a soaring operatic soundtrack and sombre strings, the emotive film harks back to a war drama in the vein of Mel Gibson's Braveheart.
It includes sections of a 2005 speech condemning CSG by current Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher, who is now supportive of the industry.
The five minute film is narrated by a sober baritone over footage of young and old protestors and streams of text exhorting the viewer to take action.
"Our opposition is non-violent - but non-negotiable," the narrator announces.
Text headlines exhort the viewer to: "Build an Army. Put Up Signs. Barricade the Roads."
Following last week's angry meeting at the Lismore City Hall, it seems opposition to CSG has reached a new phase.
CSG Free Northern Rivers spokesman Adam Guise said the film's call for action was appropriate.
The last 18 months we've seen thousand of submissions from the community... numerous protests... and yet the government still forges ahead by renewing licenses for CSG across the Northern Rivers, Mr Guise said.
Mr Guise said he believed the government's policy had "completely failed" the Northern Rivers community by giving the CSG industry a "green light".
The video comes during one of the longest ever protests by CSG activists at Glenugie south of Grafton.
Last week Glenugie local Deb Whitley was arrested there after chaining her self to a truck carrying drilling equipment to the site.
The protest continues this week with Metgasco expected to commence drilling in the next two days.