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Bentley protectors bid a final farewell

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‘I heart Bentley’ – anti-gas protesters celebrate a win against gas company Metgasco in having its licence suspended on the weekend. Photo David Lowe

More than 1,000 people gathered at Gate A this morning, the core of the Bentley anti-gas protests over recent months, for a final 5am ‘welcome the dawn’ gathering to celebrate their success in having the petroleum exploration licence for the site suspended.

Shares of junior gas explorer Metgasco, which held the licence for the site, tumbled by 40 per cent to around five cents after mining minister Anthony Roberts made the announcement suspending the licence last week.

The Office of Coal Seam Gas has declined to withdraw its suspension following a submission by Metgasco late last week.

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers say it will take some time and money to remove the substantial lock-ons and so-called dragon devices buried beneath the ground at gates A and B of the Bentley site.

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Protector and CSG lecturer Aidan Ricketts told local media today that Bentley would go down in history along with the Franklin River and Terania Creek environmental protests of the 1970s.

He said that in a way Bentley was  more important, in that the Terania and Franklin River protests at the time did not have wide support, whereas the Bentley protest had the support of almost the entire community.


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10 COMMENTS

  1. I recently comented to friends that Bently should be winable as its in the environmental heartland of Australia.
    Can we keep the monentum going now and stop the rape of the Pilliager , QLD and WA.

  2. Nostalgic feelings, instead of trashing the place Metgasco has awakened the community and shown the world what a united and active community can achieve.

    It’s time to revoke all the PEL’s in the northern rivers and beyond.

  3. Well done… Well, done! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I am proud to have been part of this united protection of our land and our rights, grateful to all who participated, and truly moved by the community spirit that has evolved. Such heartfelt respect for one another is beautiful. Long may this spirit rule.

  4. I was with you this morning, in spirit, as I am sure were thousands of others.
    May our victory feed further victory and may we have an end to ecocide and a ‘wake up call’ to clean energy and water in Australia. We can no longer allow vandals and thieves to have power over the common sense of the people. Well done and thanks to all protectors, and now for the rest of the licences.

  5. I am surprised that the camp is dismantling, when the licence is still only suspended. Can anyone shed any light?

  6. Wow! What a morning and what a fitting way to commemorate our fantastic win for the Battle of Bentley. What a relief we weren’t facing 1000 riot police with the possibility of 2 or 3 fatalities… I felt enormous relief that the beautiful valley we looked upon on many dawns was safe from the evil of unconventional gas mining and we would not be seeing hundreds, if not thousands of poisonous wells belching their deadly fumes into our environment. Many shed tears of joy and utter, utter relief. Long live the power of the people, long live the power of Bentley and long live democracy! But just because we’ve won this battle doesn’t mean we’re not keeping an eye out, we know how strong we are and we know what we are capable of so if things were to change, we’ll be back! 🙂

  7. Well done all of you who were able to stand as protectors!! It seems that non-violent action has succeeded once again…. Proud to be from the Northern Rivers…..

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