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MR: People power victory at Bentley Blockade

The Northern Rivers community is today celebrating a great victory of people power following the suspension of invasive gas drilling on farmland at Bentley near Lismore. Minister for Energy and Resources, Anthony Roberts today announced the suspension of Metgasco’s Petroleum Exploration Licence on the grounds of inadequate community consultation. “At the Bentley Blockade we have […]

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MR: Metgasco rig delayed by asbestos scare?

According to Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, the speculative gas exploration company Metgasco may have failed to provide adequate explanation for the ongoing delays to their controversial drilling plans at Bentley near Lismore. Under ASX rules Metgasco has a legal obligation to inform investors of the real reasons for any delays but has so far failed […]

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MR: Questions raised about Richmond Valley Council’s treatment of anti-gas protest camp at Bentley

  Gasfield Free Northern Rivers have raised serious concerns about the motivations of Richmond Valley Council in their treatment of the community camp set up on private land adjacent to Metgasco’s planned gas drilling site at Bentley. Richmond Valley Council has refused Gasfield Free Northern Rivers’ (GFNR) latest application to continue and expand the camp […]

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MR: Gasfield Free Northern Rivers welcomes the right to say no to invasive gasfields, but it must be legislated

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers welcomes the announcement of coal seam gas companies Santos and AGL to not enter farmland where they are not wanted,[1] but says this token gesture does not go far enough to protect landholders and the environment from invasive gasfields. “Santos and AGL have been dragged kicking and screaming to this point, […]

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MR: Gasfield Free Northern Rivers not linked to Richmond Valley business boycott

It has come to the attention of Gasfield Free Northern Rivers that there is a dubious anonymous letter being circulated which threatens a trade ban on retailers in the Richmond Valley area because of the local council’s apparent support of Metgasco. “Gasfields Free Northern Rivers, which organised the camping approval at Bentley, would not undertake […]

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MR: Metgasco’s donga village at Bentley drill site means no local jobs and will lead to conflict

Metgasco has submitted an application to Richmond Valley Council for the construction of a 24/7 worker accommodation ‘donga’ village on farmland near the Rosella drilling site. This has been applied for as a ‘temporary camp ground’ for a period of 52 days, although the application also mentions a period of 6 months (p 36). There […]

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MR: Camp ground at Bentley shows commitment of protectors opposing gasfield industrialisation

After weeks of discussion with Richmond Valley Council, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, acting on behalf of landholders David and John Scarrabelotti, has secured a temporary camp ground approval for up to 200 people adjacent to Metgasco’s proposed unconventional gas drilling site at Bentley. The establishment of the camping ground will provide a safe area for […]

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MR: Githabul people opposed to gasfield industrialisation of spiritual lands

In response to the announcement by Trevor Close claiming to represent the Githabul nation’s support for coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers,[1] Githabul spokesperson Gloria Williams refutes the claim. “First and foremost, the majority of the Githabul people don’t want coal seam gas,” stated Gloria Williams, member of the Githabul nation. “A mining consultant […]

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Gasfield opposition stronger than ever

Media Release – Gasfield Free Northern Rivers – 20 February 2014 It has come to the attention of Gasfield Free Northern Rivers that someone has installed lengths of railway line in the entrance of Metgasco’s proposed unconventional gas drilling site at Bentley. While this seems premature given that Metgasco is not planning to drill for […]

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MR: Northern Rivers goes Gasfield Free

The regional alliance of anti-gas community groups, CSG Free Northern Rivers, has today announced a formal name change to the more generic “Gasfield Free Northern Rivers”. A new eye catching logo has also been launched to represent the alliance and the beautiful Northern Rivers region they are working to protect. This change has been made […]

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