Thousands stood firm against the threat of 800 riot police. They vowed never to bow to the miner. And it was that community solidarity which won the 'Battle of Bentley' a year ago. Now it's time to celebrate!
As of today, the clock is ticking. The Gasfields Free Northern Rivers is launching a countdown to the June 30 deadline set by the state government to buy back the Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 445, which covers most of the Lismore electorate and parts of the Clarence.
Opponents of unconventional gas mining have welcomed reports that some NSW National Party politicians are lobbying their colleagues to support a ban on coal seam gas mining in the northern rivers region.
Local filmmakers are launching a crowd funding appeal to help bring the story of the Bentley Blockade to the big screen. They want to create a feature length documentary that tells the story of the blockade and the social movement that led to it.
Another conservative political voice has joined the chorus calling for a ban on coal seam licence from the north coast of new south wales.
A tight-knit knot of Nannas defiantly gathered for a yarn outside Lismore MP Thomas George’s office yesterday after being confronted by police last week.
The National Party should heed the message being delivered by country voters to end unconventional gas mining in the Northern Rivers area and across the state.
Brigid Beckett, Alstonville. As a voter in the Ballina electorate I received a flyer headed 'CSG we don't want it here'. Turning it over I was gobsmacked to see that it was promoting the Nationals, who are the party who last December renewed the license for the largest PEL in the region. It includes the area of Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin and Woodburn and covers the water catchments of Byron Bay and Ballina.
Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina. Last week, major mining firm AJ Lucas moved to buy coal seam gas licences in the northern rivers and other parts of NSW for $2.5 million. It's an ominous sign for our community.
GAS mining will be on the agenda at Richmond Valley Council today following yesterday’s breakfast at Bentley gathering. And it’s expected that quite a few ‘protectors’ could be heading Casino way to listen to the debate.
The Envrionment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating possible leaks from Santos coal seam gas wastewater storage ponds, this time within 8km of the town of Narrabri in northwest NSW. Requests by the Lock the Gate Alliance under freedom of information... Read More →
Re-elected Richmond MP Justine Elliot has taken her constituents' concerns about coal seam gas to federal parliament, using her opening-day speech to highlight the issue.
Two members of the Knitting Nannas against CSG appeared in Casino Local Court yesterday over charges laid during the Doubtful Creek coal seam gas protests.
Graeme Henderson, Tara, Queensland. The only hope is to fight to ban this dirty industry everywhere: exclusion zones will never work, moratoriums are stupid. Only a global ban will work.
A magistrate has thrown out police charges against two protesters at Metgasco’s Glenugie test site, saying they were ‘innocuous’ and a waste of the court’s time. He considered there may have been political interference.
Ballina Shire Council (BSC) will urge the state government to include the villages of Newrybar and Tintenbar in the proposed coal-seam gas (CSG) exclusion zones.
When Ballina Council submitted its new LEP to the state government last year it failed to zone two historic villages in a way that would protect them from CSG mining.
CSG activists will meet federal resources minister Ian Macfarlane today, less than 24 hours after a new survey reveals overwhelming opposition to it in Richmond Valley.
The new federal environment minister Greg Hunt has failed his first test on coal seam gas by waving through Santos’s proposal to drill CSG exploration wells in the Pilliga forest in NSW, according to Australian Greens mining spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters.
Lock the Gate has called on the NSW government to stand firm on its two-kilometre exclusion zone around unconventional gas projects following a report into the blowout at Metgasco’s Kingfisher well.
Byron Shire councillor Diane Woods is taking credit for the recent announcement by Dart Energy that the company intends to ‘relinquish non-prospective and certain coastal areas in due course.’
A ratepayer told Richmond Valley Council (RVC) last night that Metgasco was seeking state government approval to drill at one of three sites in the Bentley region.
Anti-coal-seam-gas (CSG) campaigners on the north coast have slammed the NSW government's plan to abolish using the term coal seam gas.
Anti-coal seam gas group Lock the Tweed has taken the Nationals candidate for the seat of Richmond, Matthew Fraser, to task over his repeated comments that ‘there is no CSG in Richmond’.
Ron Nuttall, Tyalgum One of the central issues facing us in this coming federal election is the issue of coal seam gas mining. This is because CSG has the potential to pollute and destroy our water resources. As a Labor... Read More →