Al Jazeera takes CSG to 31 million viewers
AL JAZEERA Television sent a cameraman to Lismore last week, to film Knitting Nannas Against Gas at a 'knit-in' outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office.
Tony Jackson, executive producer for Melbourne company Chemical Media, was contracted by Al Jazeera to make a documentary on coal seam gas. Tony had already been to the CSG fields of the Darling Downs and was in Lismore before heading to Murwillumbah for last Saturday's Lock the Gate rally.
"We're supposed to be doing a balanced piece on CSG," Tony told The Echo.
"But it's hard to find the balance, really. We hired a meter to measure the methane gas in Brian Monk's water bore at Tara. It was 63% methane."
Tony said the finished documentary would be broadcast to 31 million viewers, and then would be on the Al Jazeera website.
After the knit-in, Tony and the Nannas went to a secret location outside Lismore to film a "mockade", demonstrating what action would be taken to stop mining companies entering locked-gate lands.
Meanwhile, a petition called "Stop acts of terrorism against the people of the Lismore Local Government Area" has been set up on website called communityrun.org ,owned by action group GetUp! Australia.
The online activity, created by anti-CSG activist Adrienne Stones, requests "to have (NSW Planning Minister) Brad Hazzard, (NSW Resources and Energy minister) Chris Hartcher and (NSW Premier) Barry O'Farrell investigated for acts of terrorism against the people of the Lismore Local Government area".
The petition is directed to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), and requests the application of anti-terrorism laws to the NSW premier and ministers for insisting on the exploration and production of coal seam gas.
"...This amounts to an act of intimidation of the public to advance political and ideological causes... and has the possibility of causing death, serious harm or endangerment to persons, serious damage to property and serious risks to the health and safety of the public," reads the petition.