Coal seam gas issue captured by Hollywood

The controversial topic that is coal seam gas has been picked up by Hollywood and if the Greens have their way the movie will be shown in Hunter Valley cinemas shortly.

The movie Promised Land stars Matt Damon and documents one small American country town’s fight to save their community from being drilled for CSG.

The Greens are currently in discussion with Raymond Terrace and Cessnock cinema owners in an effort to run the film, the Maitland Mercury reported.

“Fullerton Cove coal seam gas is very much in the public eye at Raymond Terrace so I think we could show it as a fund-raiser,” Maitland Greens party member Jan Davis said.

“We’ll speak to the Raymond Terrace cinema owner who has Cessnock too, but if there’s support we would like to show it in Maitland too,” Davis said.

Matt Damon plays the character of Steve Butler, a corporate representative for a $9 billion gas company who is attempting to convince residents to sign away their land rights.

The rural community however doesn’t roll over as easily as the conglomerate had planned they would.

The story line is reminiscent to current situations in the Hunter Valley and Northern Rivers regions where protests have taken place in an effort to stop coal seam gas operations from being developed.

Just yesterday the ABC reported that police had arrested at least seventeen protesters at Glenugie, south of Grafton as they attempted to block Metgasco equipment from entering a property.

A number of protesters had to be cut loose by the riot squad after they had locked themselves to infrastructure near the property entrance.

The film has already been released in the US but does not have an Australian release date as yet.

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