Regarding the open letter by Metgasco CEO Peter Henderson yesterday in response to Julie McNamara, I couldn’t find anything about a ‘Traumaton incident’ in early 2013 after a half hour of searching.
Having an ‘invitation to explore’ granted by our democratically elected government is not the same thing as having a ‘social licence,’ particularly when our current elected state and federal governments have made promises to the public regarding coal seam gas and unconventional gas mining, which were then ignored, forgotten and/ or backflipped over once they gained power.
Baseline testing is a very recent addition to the safety measures imposed on your industry – and that is largely due to the education of the public by CSG opponents and consequent outcry that something so obvious would be absent.
Further, you claim it is ‘inconceivable’ that the Rosella mine activities could damage water or air yet the NSW water regulations which you kindly directed our attention to (in defence of the reasonableness and trustworthy nature of your industry), specify that all such activities must conceive of a worst case scenario and have plans prepared in advance. If you can’t conceive of a problem, how then are we to believe you could possibly be prepared to fix one – let alone acknowledge that serious issues with your industry exist?
Perhaps Tweed and Murwillumbah are not in your sights but the northern rivers is a deeply connected community, so what you do to our neighbours matters to us all. Your industry and the outmoded existence it represents (which is a key player in the destruction of our planet) is not welcome here.
Aletha Zylstra, Yelgun