(Open letter to Peter Henderson, chief executive of Metgasco)
Dear Mr Henderson,
I suggest to alleviate any further misinformation as you put it, you base-line test the Rozella site now, before work commences so you will have all the proof you will need to prove no damage is done.
I suggest you get air and water tested within 20 kilometres of the drill site.
By the way, I am one of those unruly activists you refer to.
I am married with grandchildren. I have never been in trouble with the law in my life, unless you count a parking ticket.
I am determined to protect the northern rivers from this invasive gas industry using peaceful direct action, and I am nearly 60 years old.
I was very proud to march with 7,000 people in Lismore and I am proud I organised a march in Murwillumbah where 5,000 people attended.
I am also proud to say my husband and I instigated road surveys on every road and street in the villages in Tweed Shire covered by pel 445 (held by Dart Energy) and 97 per cent of those communities do not want your industry in the northern rivers, especially the Tweed.
I would also like to remind you that you came here uninvited by the people. Even after your community consultations, the people of the northern rivers decided this industry is not for here.
You do not have a social licence!
I would remind you, when you talk about our communities, you are talking to people just like me and I don’t like being described as ‘unruly’, ‘extremist’ or ‘radical’ or any other negative word that you might think of.
I am, like everyone else, protecting this area, I receive no funding from anyone or anything. But I will agree with you on one point though: We are very well organised and determined.
You said recently on ABC radio that you had received death threats. Who and when made those threats and was this information reported to the police?
If it wasn’t, I suggest you retract this information.
Julie McNamara, Lock The Tweed