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Northern Rivers Guardians have booked a bus from Murwillumbah to Brisbane this Thursday to protest outside the Sofitel while the shareholders of LNG Ltd discuss the fate of coal-seam gas mining and pipelines from NSW.

LNG has now increased its share in major CSG player Metgasco to over 10 per cent. LNG is majority owned by a subsidiary of the CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation) – the largest oil and gas producer in China and a state-owned company.

LNG has plans to build (yet another) facility in Gladstone Harbour, on the coast at Fisherman’s Landing, to export the gas. In its latest quarterly report LNG details how it hopes to secure 1.5 million tonnes per annum of gas from the Northern Rivers to supply its export facility.

While LNG is having its AGM, protesters aim to let the company know that the gas supply from our region is by no means a sure bet.

The meeting commences 3pm on Thursday 24 November (4pm NSW time) at Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane.

The bus leaves Knox Park, Murwillumbah, at 11am, returning at about 8pm.

A requested contribution towards travel cost is suggested to be $25 for the round trip – or whatever you can afford.

Please phone Julie on 6679 3013 to book seats.


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