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Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has put out a call for people to attend the Gloucester protectors’ camp this coming weekend as AGL prepares to frack its final test well in the region.

The call follows dramatic photographs released by Gloucester Groundswell showing the impact that the CSG industry is already having on the once-green Gloucester region and the Manning Valley.

The photos show not only the expansive nature of the fracking sites but also proximity to the Avon river (running top left to bottom right) and the Waukivory Creek that runs left to right.

Two of the wells are less than 100 metres from these bodies of water. AGL is currently fracking the well in the top right of the image.

‘Coal seam gas companies like AGL often say they don’t take up much space, but these new aerial photos of the fracking site here in Gloucester tell another story,’ said local beef farmer Ed Robinson.

‘Right now it’s just four CSG wells but if AGL gets its way it’ll spread to 330 wells right down the valley.

‘Something the gas companies forget to mention is all the other stuff that comes with the wells; there are compressor stations, pipelines, waste facilities, flares, access roads, and even worker camps for out-of-town employees,’ he said.

Earlier this month hundreds of locals marched down the main street of Gloucester and ongoing daily protests continue to disrupt work at AGL’s fracking site on Fairbairns Lane.

‘We are dead against coal seam gas here,’ said Mr Robinson.

AGL has approval for 110 coal seam gas wells at Gloucester and is planning up to 330 wells, plus associated infrastructure. The company is currently fracking four wells as approved by NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts in August this year.

On the ground in Gloucester is not the only place AGL is facing difficulties. The company’s share price has slumped in recent months and continues to fall vindicating advice that coal seam gas is a bad investment.

People interested in visiting the Gloucester camp should check out the Protect Gloucester website for directions and details of events planned for the weekend.

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