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Call to base-line test CSG drill site

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(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.

Sincerely yours,

Julie McNamara, Lock The Tweed

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  1. Well done Julie McNamara, I first met your husband at a meeting with Thomas George, executives of Arrow Energy and Metgasco, Ian Gaillard, Judi Emmett and other members of the Keerong Gas Squad which was held at the Murwillumbah Council Chambers about 3 years ago and know that both of you, as well as us – have been tireless workers against CSG ever since.
    I am a Knitting Nanna Against Gas and at nearly 76 years of age, should be enjoying this time of life and spending time with my grandchildren (as it is I have to take time off from holding vigil at the Bentley camp site to go to ‘Grandparents Day’ at school this morning), however I hold this vigil and help to provide Nanna Care for those who will put themselves on the ‘frontline’ to protect the Northern Rivers for our grandchildren.

  2. Great work Julie, however a little investigation may have save you a lot of unnecessary foot work and saved a lot of angst from those you approached.
    Darts PEL 445 where it just touches the western side of Tweed Shire, apart from containing little or no prospect of any gas would at the most contain about 1% of the Tweed’s population.
    The rest of the Tweed Shire with 99% of the population has no current operative PEL license nor even the slightest prospect of any gas.
    Nobody with any knowledge of oil and gas prospects is even looking Julie.

  3. Is this the same John Vaughan who is a significant shareholder in Metgasco?

    John Vaughan seeks to downplay the potential impact of CSG in the Tweed.

    An exploration licence that covers nearly half the land area of the Shire including its main water supply and catchment area could hardly be described as one that “just touches the western side of Tweed Shire”! More like a push or a shove than a touch.

    John claims that only 1% of the shire’s population will be affected. This is a nonsense. Every single resident of Tweed Shire that draws water from the town water supply or who lives within the existing exploration licence is affected.

    I also note that, despite John’s protestations that there is (according to him) little or no chance of finding gas there that Dart Energy have made no effort, despite repeated invitations from me, to relinquish any or all of the licence covering Tweed Shire. I also note that, according to the DP&I website that the application for a Prospecting Authority covering the rest of the shire is still active and being assessed by government agencies.

    What they do speaks far louder than what they say!


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