The north coast community of Codrington is home to Peter Graham, absentee-owner of Metgasco’s disputed Bentley mine site.
In a recent survey his neighbours have resoundingly said NO to unconventional gas mining. The Codrington survey found 92.9 per cent of residents want their roads and land gasfield free. This is one of the most decisive results for all Richmond Valley. It is a clear sign that Peter Graham’s community are not happy with his decision to sell out to gas mining.
Such a huge majority opposition also highlights NSW government’s impending mass police action against the peaceful protest at Graham’s other property, as a total travesty of democratic process.
The finding reinforces many others across the north coast. The broader community has had enough! It will not give in to the undemocratic, bullying tactics of mining corporations or the NSW government. It is well aware of the latest damning evidence against the industry and absolutely rejects the disastrous consequences for agriculture, horticulture, tourism, health and lifestyle.
Peter Graham, is clearly out of step with his Codrington neighbours as well as those near the Bentley property he owns with his father. Everyone now knows that the Bentley well would be just the start of widespread industrialisation of prime agricultural land. None of these neighbours want gasfields, but want to keep good neighbourly relations with the family.
Problem is, the Grahams are ignoring their neighbours’ wellbeing in the same way that the NSW premier and his ministers are ignoring the wellbeing of their constituents.
The latest survey was conducted using the widely-validated Gasfield Free Community protocol.
Dr Eric van Beurden, Richmond Valley Group Against Gas