Campaigners hope that an award-winning film telling the story of an Australian community’s fight against fracking will inspire people in Scotland to support the cause.
The Bentley Effect tells the story of how thousands of people came together in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley in New South Wales to prevent plans to start fracking for gas.
A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before a final confrontation, when thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police who had been ordered in to break up the protest.
The film’s end shows how that set an historic precedent.
Anti-fracking group Broad Alliance is touring the film across the UK with Scottish showings timed to coincide with the closing days of the Scottish Government’s consultation on fracking in Scotland.
Maria Montinaro of the Broad Alliance of Communities against Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction, which is hosting the screenings, said: “We need everyone in Scotland who is against fracking to send a clear message to the Scottish Government that fracking is dangerous to people’s health, to our land, our water and our climate.
“The Bentley Effect is a great film telling an inspirational story with a clear message – that when people come together, we can protect our local communities from dangerous gas extraction, and bring about change for the better.
“The only safe option for Scottish communities is a complete ban on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. We invite communities to come see the film for themselves, then make up their own minds before the 31 May deadline.”