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March 5, 2021

Community will win the Battle for Bentley

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Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise...

The (non-violent) Battle for Bentley is ‘on for young and old’ as the saying goes.

My gut feeling was confirmed  last night when ABC News aired an inspiring interview with Ian Gaillard at the camp, followed by a grim warning that Metgasco will be starting work on their unconventional gas well site this week.

First, of course, hundreds of police will be sent in to clear the protectors’ camp on the adjoining farm, an area generously provided by Mr Scarabellotti, a local farmer (ie. on private land). Most of the local farmers are implacably opposed to gas wells.

But Richmond Valley mayor, Ernie Bennett, has said police would be required ‘for sure’ to move the campers on.

Apparently Mr Bennett is concerned that some of the campers have been washing in the creek and polluting it!

This falls into the category of tragically funny, considering the inevitable pollution of fracking with carcinogens and other toxic chemicals which threatens Lismore’s water supply.

To see what is at stake go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaheDvWURsQ, for an aerial view of what has already happened in Queensland and the horrific future in store.

We all need to get out to Bentley en masse to stop invasive gas mining destroying our country. Will you show up?

Sue Vader, Wilsons Creek


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