CSG Free Newsletter & Campaign Updates

Update: CSG Free Northern Rivers Newsletter- April 2013


CSG Free Northern Rivers Newsletter.
CSG Free Northern Rivers

Dear Supporter,

Welcome to our first regional newsletter! We plan to make these a regular monthly mail out to keep you up to date on the campaign around the region and how you can get involved.

It has been an amazing start to the year with the incredible efforts of so many at the Glenugie and Doubtful Creek blockades and then the wonderful news that Metgasco and Dart are temporarily suspending their operations in the Northern Rivers. A heartfelt thank you to all of you for the huge amounts of time and energy you have given in so many and varied ways in the campaign so far!

Lismore Meeting

Actions you can take

Whilst there is some breathing space from blockading following the company suspensions, the campaign to permanently protect our region from unconventional gas continues! The planned changes to state and federal legislation to bring greater protections are a welcome shift but we have to keep up the political pressure on both state and federal governments to create real change.

The submission period for the Chief Scientist review of NSW CSG operations closes tomorrow, the 26th April. Read our submission guide and have your say here. At the federal level, you can get involved in Lock the Gate’s Call to Country- watch the video, take the pledge and book into see your local MP to ask them to take action on this issue. You can also help protect Australia from reckless coal and gas mining by becoming a member or supporter of Lock the Gate or sign up to receive the National newsletter.

Kids celebration

The gas field free communities initiative is spreading rapidly across the region with surveys continuing across all LGA’s in the region. At last count more than 12,000 people have been surveyed, with 80 communities declaring themselves gas field free and an average 96% saying ‘YES make our roads and lands Gasfield Free!’ If you would like to survey your local area find out how to do it on our website.

New Website

Our redeveloped site is now up and running with lots of new content, photos and videos. You can keep in the loop with news, actions, events and campaign updates via the website which is updated regularly. If you or your group are planning an event or action please email us to publicise it on the website. Our Facebook site is also a good source of news- please ‘like’ us if you haven’t done so already!


Metgasco well decommissioning program

Metgasco’s drilling manager Simon Hann recently made contact with the regional alliance to inform us about their upcoming decommissioning program and offer community groups the opportunity to “visit [their] operation and satisfy themselves that the activities were being conducted in accordance with the decommissioning program”.

The response of the community group reps in the regional alliance was to request further information. This was supplied and can be viewed here. The consensus of the alliance and other active blockaders we have spoken to is that the risk of any ongoing environmental impacts from existing wells should be minimised and the best way to achieve this is for the wells to be decommissioned in as timely and thorough a manner as possible.

Whilst blockading CSG exploration activities has been an effective part of the campaign to halt the expansion of the industry, under these circumstances, we want to see the wells made as environmentally safe as possible and for Metgasco to finalise their current operations and leave. Therefore, the alliance has agreed to take up the offer to have community observers on site periodically during the decommissioning program. If you would like to be part of this effort please email us.


Petition for a CSG free region

We now have more than 10,000 signatures on our petition for a CSG Free Region which is the number needed to get politicians to debate the issue in state parliament. Greens MP Jamie Parker has agreed to present the petition which will be an opportunity for us to take our case to Sydney. Stay tuned to our website for details on when this will happen and any actions that may be planned.

Finally, just a word about these newsletters! You have received this because you either signed up on the website or are on one of the local action group mailing lists. If you don’t want to receive these monthly newsletters, or the occasional alert we’ll be sending out, please click the unsubscribe button below. Please note, this will just unsubscribe you from the regional list- your details will remain on your local group list.

Looking forward to continuing to work together for a region free of unconventional gas,

CSG Free Northern Rivers

CSG Free
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Check our our public events calendar and read more about events in the Northern Rivers and elsewhere on our events page.

Recent News

Recent News

Read our latest media releases and stories of interest about coal seam gas from our news archive.

Great Barrier Reef

Reef Walk

Foot Prints for Peace is planning a community walk from Cairns to Gladstone to highlight the impact that coal/gas exports will have on the Great Barrier Reef .

June Norman, a 72 year old great grandmother, with a passion for walking instigated Reef Walk 2013. She is determined to leave a good environmental legacy for future generations and calls on communities to support/promote this walk.

To protect the Great Barrier Reef, persistent people power is needed and being involved in this walk is a fun but important process.

To support the walk you can promote the walk through your networks, organize community representatives to join the walk and sponsor the walk via donations. Contact the organizers at reefwalk2013@gmail.com.

Copyright © 2013 Lock the Gate Alliance Northern Rivers, All rights reserved.


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