The Bentley Effect, a film about how huge numbers of people from all walks of life stood up to a fracking company in New South Wales, was seen by a packed Pannal Village Hall on Saturday 13th January. A river on fire with methane, open holding ponds of toxic waste water in deteriorating pond liners, but above all the strength of community – the film, organised by Frack Free Harrogate District, showed that government-backed corporate power can be overcome when there is a moral imperative.
Two protectors, Leigh Coghill and Eddie Thornton, showed a short film from Kirby Misperton and answered questions, inspiring the audience with their dedication, and Tracie Marcelle’s photos of the hundreds from all social strata who have protested at the gate covered a whole wall. Many felt moved and empowered to take further action to stop this devastating industry.
Report by Judy Birkbeck