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Myocum, Tyagarah go CSG free

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The mining industry has long had a strong hold on this country. Industry lobbyists have referred to themselves as the ‘mafia’ and enjoyed unprecedented access to government departments and cabinet. (ABC’s 4 Corners 13/2/06).

No surprise the demise of the mining tax or the new government’s policy to step aside and out of industry’s way.

Our politicians and bureaucrats are no match for the mining ‘mafia’; however, not all is lost. Farmers, mums and dads, greenies, and people from all walks of life are uniting and standing strong across the country to protect our health, land and water from mining rape and pillage.

Much of Byron Shire sits above the ancient Clarence Moreton Basin with trapped gas within its sediments. It might not be coal seam gas; however, it is an ‘unconventional gas’ that to exploit would require the ‘fracking’ process.

As part of the national Lock the Gate movement our Myocum/Tyagarah group has endeavored to visit every house in our area to ask residents over 16 whether they wish their road/property to be gasfield free. Of the 821 residents surveyed 98 per cent have said ‘yes’ to being gasfield free, with just over one per cent unsure and less than one per cent saying no.

Politicians, bureaucrats and investors take note. We and the wider Byron and northern rivers community are saying very clearly we wish to be gasfield free. Miners, you have finally meet your match.

Anyone who we might have been missed in our Myocum/Tyagarah survey please do give me a ring on 0414 643 468 to have your say.

Garry Scott, coordinator, Gasfield Free Myocum/Tyagarah


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  1. If only our extremely well paid politicians were as dedicated to doing the best for their communities as our wonderful, unpaid, volunteers are. What a utopia we would live in.

  2. Geology Lesson Required.
    So Gary you say, “Much of Byron Shire sits above the ancient Clarence Moreton Basin with trapped gas within its sediments. It might not be coal seam gas; however, it is an ‘unconventional gas’ that to exploit would require the ‘fracking’ process.” Nonsense Gary; this is just more geological misinformation being fed to honest, concerned, misled punters.
    Not one single acre, hectare or whatever measure is your pleasure of Byron Shire sits above the “ancient Clarence Morton Basin”. Lock the Gates published maps confirm this, as would a short Google search.
    Byron Shire has no ancient stored natural gas, CSG or otherwise. Byron does have rogue methane gas emissions from Council tip sites and farting livestock; the next campaign?
    Can someone please start a worthwhile campaign e.g. a campaign to clean up the thousands of toxic tick dip sites that litter the Northern Rivers; there are hundreds in Byron Shire.
    John Vaughan Byron Bay

  3. What you state may well be true John Vaughan, but to me the essence of any Gasfield Free campaign is to create a region wide, united front to oppose this unwanted industry. Whether or not there is a possibility of a gas well in your personal backyard is largely immaterial. In unity there is strength.

  4. Rob Gibson: getting unity and strength by a bunch of misinformation about CSG location and possible threats of fracking and possible impacts on watertables deserves to be exposed and treated with contempt.

    The best antidote to lies is to have them exposed to the truth. Phelim McAleer’s FrackNation documentary exposure of the lies in GasLands did this for me.
    FrackNation the why and how it’s being made it link is at — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cKhY2Edt2Q&list=UU0xmod39GwOvyyTy1M5pHLg
    Check it out and be embarresed.
    John Vaughan Byron Bay

  5. Never let an inconvenient truth get in the way of a good scare campaign Rod! John Vaughan should be applauded for calling Gary Scott to account for his misstatements.
    As for Gary’s excitement over their “pole” results, one has to compliment the Myocum Tyagarah group on their implementation and training of the “pollsters”, however any critical overview of the question and presentation would say a positive response was preordained.
    Whilst talking of inconvenient truths, you may take time to alleviate some of Gary’s “fracking” fear as promoted in Josh Fox’s Gaslands by directing him to the thought provoking expose by Phelim McAlear in Fracknation also available on youtube

  6. I have watched both Gasland and Fracknation and I find both to be misleading in various ways. My advise is to take a road trip to Kogan, Tara and Chinchilla areas and meet real people dealing with the real life problems that living in an industrialised area can bring.


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