Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin today suspended herself 12 metres in the air to interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant. And she was joined by some Lismore supporters.
Several north coast locals are among ten arrested at the Santos Pilliga CSG treatment plant so far.
Just weeks after selling its northern rivers CSG licences to the state government, Metgasco’s trucks have been spotted at its former Corella site at Dobies Bight,
A 52-year-old woman from Tweed Heads has locked herself under a worker’s truck at the Santos Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri in the Pilliga forest, holding up work for the day.
I am getting fairly pissed off – I am just saying that at the outset so you don’t read to the end and get shirty when you find out that the person I am pissed off with is you.
While people in the northern rivers are still celebrating the region’s new gasfield free status, two Gamilaraay traditional custodians from Moree are battling CSG company Santos using the same techniques that helped win the battle here.
Anti-CSG campaigners from the northern rivers have joined an escalated protest against coal-seam gas mining in the Pilliga Forest at which two Coonabarabran women locked themselves by their necks to the gates of two sites near Narrabri owned by miner, Santos, at the weekend.
Metgasco shareholders have voted to accept the NSW Government’s $25 million CSG licence buyback offer which means the northern rivers will remain gasfield free and protected by community.
Farmers and landholders in the northern rivers are calling on federal and state ministers attending Friday’s COAG Energy Council meeting to give them the right to say ‘no’ to mining. Federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg has told media he would ... Read More →
Brett Sanders, Coonabarabran (protest participant). On Tuesday morning this week, 15 locals targeted Santos contractor WildDesert and its workover rig in the Pilliga forest.
Story & photos Cloudcatcher Media News spread quickly across the northern rivers yesterday that the NSW Government had offered Metgasco $25 million to abandon their remaining PELs in the area. An impromptu gathering of community members and gasfield activists converged... Read More →
The NSW Government has struck a $25 million deal with junior mining company Metgasco that could see the Northern Rivers area finally free of the threat of gas fields.
Residents in the northern rivers have been left to fend for themselves against current and future coal-seam gas (CSG) developments by National Party MPs for the region, NSW Labor says.
Vigils are set to be held for Queensland anti-coal seam gas farmer George Bender in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Jennie Dell, Lismore. Mining is a speculative industry. Metgasco had a licence to speculate, issued by the then-Labor government and renewed over a decade with enthusiastic support from the governing NSW LNP government, represented in Lismore by Thomas George.
Harking back to Frocks on the Frontline from the Doubtful Creek and Bentley blockades, the Knitting Nanna’s hosted Frocks Back on the Frontline yesterday at the Eltham hall
The Greens have slammed both the coalition government and Labor for voting down a bill which would have given landholders the right to say no to coal and gas mining on their land and to ban fracking,
Although it has failed to buy back Metgasco’s north-coast licences or the massive PEL 445 that covers much of the northern rivers, the NSW Government may be about to issue more CSG licences in our area warns Lock the Gate.
Opponents of coal seam gas mining are calling on Lismore MP Thomas George to explain why a major exploration licence is still active in the northern rivers region. Their demand comes as a Byron shire councillor is attempting to ban any council investment in CSG.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell believes a resolution passed by council in 2011 has the power to prevent Metgasco conducting seismic testing on Rock Valley Road planned for November.
Linnie Lambrechtsen, Cawongla. Metgasco’s Mr Henderson has a hide as thick as a rhino, and about as much grace when in a bulldozer mood, which is why Metgasco had their license suspended and why it is Metgasco that should be sued, for the years of stress and disruption to everyday life that this company has caused to so many residents and taxpayers of this area.
Mining company Metgasco has today announced that negotiations with the NSW Government have failed. Meanwhile, CSG opponents will gather in Lismore and Grafton to protest inaction on promised buybacks.
Greens Ballina MP Tamara Smith has said she will join the community in any future blockades if it becomes necessary to prevent CSG mining in the region. Her comments follow the defeat of the CSG moratorium bill in NSW parliament yesterday.
Updated, 2pm: The NSW government, supported by the Shooters and Fishers, this morning voted down a Greens bill that would have permanently protected the northern rivers from CSG and placed a moratorium on its exploration across the state.
A group of northern rivers anti-CSG campaigners will meet with state MPs in Sydney next week to urge the NSW government to 'finish the job' and buy-out all remaining gas licences in the region.