Junior gas explorer Metgasco has accepted the resignation of its CEO Peter Henderson as part of a strategic review that could see the company wound up before the end of the year.
Anti-coal seam gas activists will converge in Lismore today as the NSW Planning Department arrives to brief the Lismore City Council on the draft North Coast Regional Plan.
The towns at the centre of the struggle against CSG two years ago have been left out of a consultation program for the state government’s draft North Coast Regional Plan.
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,
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.
Members of Gasfields Free Northern Rivers are embarking on what they hope will be a final trip to Sydney to watch the outcome of a critical vote of Metgasco shareholders on Wednesday.
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.
Saturday afternoon saw nearly 300 people pack the Rock Valley hall, protesting Metgasco's imminent return to the area. It also prompted a call for the resignation of Lismore MP Thomas George from his nearest rival at March's election.
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.
Politicians from the Greens to the Nationals have responded emphatically against gas miner Metgasco’s announcement that it plans to use the courts to force an unwelcome return to the northern rivers.
Gasfield Free Northern Rivers have welcomed the announcement that the government's CSG buyback scheme will be extended by three months but called for more urgency and transparency in the process.
Celebrating the day that Metgasco and a huge cohort of police was sent packing, the folk of Bentley and their supporters gathered at the Bentley Hall on Saturday for songs, dance, speeches of warning and hope.
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!
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 Bentley landowner is hoping the state government will support any moves by gas mining company Metgasco to begin exploring for gas on his property.
Knitting Nannas had a simple message for NSW Labor leader Luke Foley this morning when he visited the site of the Bentley blockade just outside Lismore. ‘Do the wrong thing and we’ll be watching you’.
The National Party is letterboxing the Ballina electorate with a brochure in which it claims to have protected the region from coal seam gas. The move comes in the face of claims by election analyst Antony Green that the party is in trouble in its north coast seats.
Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina. The National Party has confirmed its plans to turn our beautiful northern rivers into a coal seam gas field by renewing Dart Energy's gas exploration licence.
Metgasco plans to activate its Casino gas project and Richmond Valley power plant in the first half of next year, CEO Peter Henderson told the company's AGM last week.
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.
Iris Ray Nunn, South Golden Beach. I was overwhelmed with emotion reading reports of the rally in Lismore to declare the northern rivers gasfield free. What really struck me were the words ‘protected by community’ and the description of all walks of life marching together with the humblest motivation: to protect country for the children of today and tomorrow.
Thousands of people from communities across the northern rivers descended on Lismore on Saturday to declare their region a gasfield free zone. If anyone wants to know the exact numbers, feel free to count the faces in our pictures.
Northern rivers residents are expected to turn up to Lismore in the thousands on Saturday calling for their region to be declared gas-free.
Byron Shire residents visited Ballina MP Don Page's office this morning to present a petition calling for the shire to be declared gasfield free.
A new bid to search for coal-seam gas (CSG) on the northern rivers has come under fire with the government called on to honour its current freeze on exploration applications.