The Ballina Knitting Nannas against Gas joined with Ballina MP Tamara Smith yesterday for 'a very merry knit-in, to craft the end of CSG in the region'.
The campaign to keep the northern rivers gasfield-free has been boosted with deputy premier and Nationals leader Troy Grant calling for a halt to coal seam gas (CSG) in the region, a stand welcomed by longtime opponents of the industry.
Dean Draper, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers coordinator. With state election results now finalised, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers is looking forward to a gasfield-free future for the northern rivers and working with new and returning MPs to continue the ongoing work of achieving a it.
Anti-coal seam gas will converge on the Nationals campaign office in Ballina today to present 2200 ‘photo letters’ demanding a gasfield free region.
An upper house inquiry into CSG mining in the state has concluded any expansion of the industry should stop until all of the recommendations of the NSW chief scientist, Professor Mary O’Kane, are complied with.
Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has criticised the NSW Government’s recently released gas plan, saying it reopens the region to CSG mining, including within 200 metres of rural homes.
Lismore National Party MP Thomas George let carollers eat cake when they gathered outside his office to sing for a gasfield free northern rivers on Thursday.
North coast National Party MPs say their government will buy back all existing coal-seam gas (CSG) licences in NSW under a plan to ’reset’ the CSG industry.
Tweed Shire Council is urging the Liberal and National coalition to support north coast communities opposed to coal-seam gas (CSG) by introducing an immediate ban on all CSG activities and licences in the region.
Adam Guise, Greens candidate for Lismore. The coal seam gas license freeze, announced by the minister for resources and energy Anthony Roberts in March this year, is a farce and an insult to the people of the northern rivers after the minister confirmed that many license applications over the region continue to be processed.
Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Bay. The battle lines are being drawn. Coal seam gas (CSG) mining is set to become a major state election issue on the north coast in March next year.
The NSW Labor party has promised to make the northern rivers region a coal seam gas free zone if it wins the next election.
On the eve of the state government announcement on whether it will lift the suspension of Metgasco’s drilling licence for Bentley, Richmond Valley Council last night voted unanimously to oppose any form of fracking within the local government area.
With the NSW government set to make a decision about Metgasco's drilling suspension this week, the faithful returned to Bentley for breakfast this morning to send off a delegation to speak with the government.
Exclusive video: As politicians across the northern rivers clamour to claim credit for the suspension of Metgasco’s Bentley permit, the people who really made it happen are taking a moment to celebrate – and consider what comes next.
Gasfield Free Northern Rivers say they are not fazed by calls from Richmond Valley Council for them not to block roads during Metgasco’s planned gas testing at Bentley next month.