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What you can do to help protect Gloucester from fracking

** Peaceful direct action protests ** Every morning at 6:30am we are blocking AGL’s gates on Fairbairns Rd (off the Bucketts Way a couple of km south of Gloucester). The more people we have, the more effective our actions will be and the longer we can stay each day, so please join us. ** Silent […]

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Labor promises to declare North Coast CSG free if elected

Northern Star THE NORTH Coast will be guaranteed “CSG free” if NSW Labor wins next year’s state election. The news follows a unanimous vote to support a gas ban in the state seats of Lismore, Ballina, Clarence and the Tweed at the party’s state conference on Sunday. Former Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin and […]

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Letter from the Office of Coal Seam Gas to Metgasco, 14 May 2014

Source: Supreme Court New South Wales Judgement: Metgasco Ltd v Minister for Resources & Energy [2014] NSWSC 908, 4 July 2014 PEL16 Rosella E01 Gas Exploration Well – Suspension of Activity Approval I refer to my approval of the construction of the Rosella EG1 gas exploration well in Petroleum Exploration Licence 16 (PEL 16) on […]

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MR: Metgasco gets slap down in Supreme Court for premature document search

Media Release 10 July 2014 In a Supreme Court decision on Wednesday 9 July,1 Justice Davies has ruled against Metgasco’s premature attempt to obtain documents used by the Office of Coal Seam Gas in making its decision to suspend Metgasco’s Petroleum Exploration Licence 16 over farmland at Bentley. “Metgasco’s attempt to rush the court process […]

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Community returns to Bentley Blockade site calling for Metgasco licence cancellation

Hundreds of people from across the Northern Rivers will return to the historic Bentley Blockade site for a breakfast gathering today to call on the NSW Government to cancel Metgasco’s exploration licence PEL16. The community will also show support for Bentley landholders who will be heading to Sydney this week in the hope of again […]

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Pop up Event – Breakfast at Bentley

POP UP EVENT: BREAKFAST AT BENTLEY BLOCKADE CAMPSITE 7- 9am Monday 23rd June. With the NSW government reviewing their decision to suspend Metgasco’s license at Bentley it is vital to remind them of Metgasco’s failure to undertake genuine community consultation and the overwhelming community opposition to the gasfield industrialisation of our region! Come gather at […]

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Media Release: Government must stand with community and cancel Metgasco licence

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers is calling for the NSW government to stand firm with the Northern Rivers community and cancel Metgasco’s gas exploration licence which is currently suspended. Metgasco’s gas exploration licence over the Bentley and Casino area was suspended on 15 May after thousands of people attended a community blockade which lasted more than […]

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MR: Metgasco will do anything to avoid real consultation

Metgasco’s decision to sue the government rather than to engage in genuine community consultation is simply further evidence of their recalcitrant attitude towards the community of the Northern Rivers. According to Gasfield-Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Mr Aidan Ricketts. “Instead of a mea culpa from Metgasco, we get yet more crash through tactics. Metgasco has shown […]

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Metgasco project referred to ICAC as links to Obeid family emerge

Sydney Morning Herald Resources company Metgasco’s gas drilling operation on the NSW north coast was referred to corruption authorities as links emerged between its largest shareholder and the family of disgraced former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, and controversial businessman Nick Di Girolamo. On Thursday, NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts announced he had suspended Metgasco’s exploration […]

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Chemicals expert battles against energy giant over fracking

Northern Star AN EXPERT in lobbying for the worldwide regulation of toxic chemicals, North Coast local Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith has, in recent years, turned her attention to unconventional gas. Dr Lloyd-Smith is a senior policy adviser to IPEN, a global organisation aiming to eliminate persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, and other toxic nasties. Her team […]

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