The Independent Planning Commission for the NSW government, who will make the final decision on the Narrabri Gas Field development, have heard hundreds of concerns over the last week about the plans to drill 850 coal seam gas wells in and around the Pilliga State Forest in the northwest of NSW.
The people of the Northern Rivers of NSW breathed a big sigh of relief when they stopped the unconventional gas industry at Bentley. But the industry didn't stop when it hit resistance – it simply went around us, and left the region in a false bubble of security.
A senate inquiry into the conduct of the unconventional gas industry, headed by independent senator Glenn Lazarus, wants to see the appointment of a federal ombudsman and the enshrined right of landholders to refuse access to miners.
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.
Junior gas explorer Metgasco (MEL) has announced to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) that it plans to merge with fellow ASX small-cap miner Elk Petroleum (ELK).
The final report of the independent review of coal seam gas activities in NSW concludes that the CSG industry should be allowed to go ahead in the state, albeit under much tighter control and scrutiny than anywhere else in Australia.
Following yesterday’s announcement from state Labor that it would end all CSG mining in the northern rivers if elected, the Greens have ratcheted up the debate by calling on political donations from mining and gas companies to be banned.
Eric van Beurden, Tatham. Three cheers to Cr Mustow for breaking Richmond Valley Council’s cone of silence on gas mining by initiating a review of their position on gas mining. Yesterday three other councillors also expressed long-held concerns about the potential dangers of gas mining. They too deserve congratulations because it was quite clear that until then, they had been fearful of doing so.
Gas explorer Metgasco has put on hold its Supreme Court action against the state government over the suspension of its Bentley exploration licence.
Page MP Kevin Hogan says two amendments he successfully added to the government’s new water-trigger legislation will ensure it still has impact even after the federal government takes its finger off the proverbial trigger.
Information that Metgasco may be planning to undertake earthworks at the Bentley property where its gas exploration licence is currently suspended is causing consternation among protesters.
Alistair Bell, Byron Bay. Politicians’ failure to represent their electorates allows this industry to dictate outrageous terms over the land and its people. Politicians ignore scientific opinion and threaten to drag our police force into an ugly degrading fight with the community.
Anti-gas protester and professional psychotherapist Ruth Rosenhek has a recipe for those returning to daily life after the highs and lows of the Bentley frontline.
As the Bentley blockade wound down last week, long-time campaigners and camp residents rejoiced in the their victory and mourned the dismantling of their tent city.
The Ballina Shire Council will write to New South Wales premier Mike Baird asking that the northern rivers be declared gasfield free, arguing that gasfields were ‘contradictory to the major industries of the region: namely tourism and agriculture'.
More than 1000 people gathered at Bentley this morning for a final 5am 'welcome the dawn' gathering to celebrate their success in having the Petroleum Exploration Licence for the site suspended.
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.
Unconventional gas miner Metgasco has advised the ASX it has entered a 48-hour trading halt following the suspension of its licence at Bentley, announced this morning
In a massive win for the combined efforts of the northern rivers community, the Office of Coal Seam Gas has withdrawn permission for Metgasco to drill a tight-sands gas well at Bentley, mining minister Anthony Roberts announced this morning.
Dr Eric van Beurden, Richmond Valley Group Against Gas. The north coast community of Codrington is home to Peter Graham, absentee-owner of Metgasco's disputed Bentley mine site. In a recent survey his neighbours have resoundingly said NO to unconventional gas mining.
Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby. US CO2 emissions might be down, but what about methane emissions? After the rate of increase slowed in the 1990s and stopped in the early 2000s, it is again rising rapidly. Is it coincidence that this is when fracking got going on a large scale?
Alistair Bell, Byron Bay. I wrote to some politicians to express my opposition to gas mining, the inappropriate deployment of our riot squad and to support the Bentley blockade. I wrote to NSW mines minister Chris Hartcher, but he stood down when I posted the letter.
The NSW government’s new Office of Coal Seam Gas is refusing to answer how much public money is being spent assisting junior gas mining company Metgasco with its proposed drilling in Bentley near Lismore.
Lennox Head-based upper house Liberal MLC Catherine Cusack lashed out at comments by Labor’s Walt Secord in parliament after he said Thomas George (Nationals member for Lismore) is ‘a fierce opponent of the Bentley blockade’.
Despite recent name-calling by energy and resources minister Anthony Roberts, there is nothing extreme about Jim Hewitt, who runs the last dairy farm in Bentley. He is a man of few words but he is speaking up now to save his land and his livelihood.