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Open letter to Chris Galaptis on gas

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Dear Mr Gulaptis,

Do you honestly think a few slick Gas Plan ads will woo us outraged voters back? Nationals’ entire track record indicates your real plan is to ignore our concerns and roll gas mining out across the north coast.

Even your most loyal voters were shocked when Dart’s massive north coast licence was renewed just before Christmas. Our shock turned to outrage when we realised that the 25 per cent of Dart’s original leasehold that it had to forfeit, included Ballina. What a sly attempt, at the expense of our long-term future, to lure back voters left hanging by Don Page’s retirement!

That shameful action came hot on the heels of the retirement of your minister for resources and energy, after allegations of corruption by ICAC. Then, just one year after Nationals passed a bill making ‘public interest’ legal grounds to refuse or limit gas licences, your party back-flipped and cancelled it!

And now, just weeks before the elections, you refuse to answer four simple questions about your own commitment to protect us voters from the dangers of gas mining. Every other Clarence candidate answered with honesty and integrity, but you arrogantly responded with your own four questions! Well Mr Gulaptis, lets see if the answers speak for themselves:

You ask:

1. Which state government issued the petroleum exploration licences in NSW?

Try as you may to shift the blame back to when CSG was thought safe, it was Nationals who renewed licences in NSW, even after you knew the real risks. Other parties will implement Gas Bans, not just plans.

2. Which state government suspended Metgasco’s license in the northern rivers?

Not yours! Even after widespread protests from rural communities, plus police warning the premier that breaking Bentley blockade could result in local deaths, he only suspended drilling at that site, not the licence covering the much greater lease! And now, because ‘public interest’ no longer counts, the Supreme Court may award Metgasco millions from our taxes!

3. Which federal government approved the CSG mine at Gloucester?

Your party has disbanded its own exclusion zoning to trash Gloucester and your Gas Plan is to push through Narrabri and Camden as well!

4.Which state government has reduced the CSG footprint across the northern rivers and NSW? Not yours! In fact, last month you actually renewed the largest licence in the northern rivers!

Many once-loyal Nationals voters have had enough lies! They know gas mining will destroy their precious bores, their family’s health and their kids’ future unless they act now. Gas will be the decider when they lodge their vote. Gas will come way ahead of loyalty to people they no longer trust. Almost 90 per cent have said they want gas bans. They don’t want toxic plans…and they will be heard!

When they see five candidates on the lower house voting form, they will know to vote Gasfield Free they simply need to number every box and put ‘Gulaptis’ last!

Lynette Eggins (Clarence Alliance Against Gas), Leonie Blain (Knitting Nannas Against Gas Grafton Loop), David Irving (Yamba Group Against Gas), Deb Whitley (Pillar Valley Group Against Gas), Tony Belton, Annie Dorian (Iluka Group Against Gas), Jeniffer Lewis (Mid-Clarence Group Against Gas), Dr Eric van Beurden (Richmond Valley Group Against Gas),


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  1. Well if you want my 2bobs worth don’t vote for gulaptis, provest, page or george, theyre all nationals & will sell you down the river as soon as they can, Get with the new team, green with a labor preference………….

  2. While the Lib and Nat parties are obviously pro-CSG one must not forget that it was The Greens supported Labor Parties, both in NSW and Qld., and in Canberra that started this industry.
    I am not seeing any meaningful anti-CSG promises or other messages coming from Qld Labor, nor from The Greens in their election. And the CSG disaster is way way way, almost infinitely, bigger in Qld. If Labor and The Greens are not fighting CSG in Qld, what makes anyone think that these parties have really changed their spots? and that they really will stop CSG in NSW?
    Despite the anti-CSG people winning a few temporary battles, such as the Bentley Blockade, the CSG war is being won hands down by the CSG Industry. All the activity in NSW by both sides just distracts from where CSG is really happening, right now, on a scale that is almost impossible to convey to any who have not lived among it.
    So before you blindly vote Labor or Green get them to guarantee that they will ban this industry. Don’t let them dodge their responsibilities for it, like alcoholics they first have to admit their problem. Remember, we don’t need research on CSG, we need bans on CSG and we need them NOW!

  3. Dear Graeme Henderson,

    The Greens have been fighting coal seam gas for the last 4 years. I have personally been fighting to protect the Northern Rivers for the last 3 years.

    Here’s a list of what the Greens have been doing:

    The strongest vote for a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers is a Green one. Number every square and put the Nationals last.


  4. The people of the Northern Rivers have stood together to oppose gas mining in it’s infancy of the exploration stage. it was only through hard work of community engagement and information that we had the fantastic victories such as Bentley where the Government suspended the project.

    Now that the spotlight is firmly on the industry after the disaster that is the QLD gasfields, the mistakes in the Pilliga in NSW, Camden and now Gloucester, these companies inability to safely extract unconventional gas is very apparent.

    The people of the Northern Rivers have been proven right to oppose this industry after dangerous chemicals like BTEX have been found in the water at Gloucester and the project being finally suspended by the Government but only after the damage was done.

    The Greens and the NSW Labor party are the only ones with clear and firm policy to make the Northern Rivers gasfield free. Only the Greens have policy to ban it right across NSW. The Nationals now need to step up and stand with the community as the other parties are doing.


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