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May 12, 2021

Henderson in wrong place

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Mr Henderson is wrong about the level of community opposition to his industry. It’s not just a radical fringe. There were 850 concerned people at the last public meeting at the Lismore Workers Club and hardly a fringe in sight. It was an audience very representative of our population and concerned about what they will leave their grandchildren.

I have had a ‘No CSG’ badge on my handbag for some time and have never received anything but smiles and positive comments. I am not very intimidating; if anyone disapproved I’m sure there would have been at least a frown.

Mr Henderson is right that there has been unacceptable behaviour from a very small minority of the very large majority opposed to unconventional gas. I don’t condone it and nor do most others. I am sure he knows that.

But I find it remarkable that he is not more grateful to those in our community who have worked so hard to avert such behaviour. Had those attempting to answer the need for information not persistently emphasised non-violence at every point I am certain the depth of resentment against this industry would have found far more regrettable expressions. I am very, very grateful for their role.

Tailgating, though? I get tailgated, but I don’t take it personally. It’s because I do the speed limit and our culture is one of undue haste. Like Metgasco’s undue haste to foist an unconventional gas industry on an unwilling community. If our community is getting in your way Mr Henderson, it could be you who is in the wrong place.

Ruth Harlow, Lismore

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  1. Thank you Ruth for expressing it so beautifully. Mr Henderson must have an especially large pair of blinkers to avoid seeing the depth and commitment of the opposition to his toxic industry. That, or he is feeling desperate and despairing over his failure to convince the people of the Northern Rivers that we should welcome with open arms his threat to our clean air, water and soil.


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