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 making their concerns heard by state politicians.
“We are concerned that the Government may do a ‘back-flip’ regarding the suspension of Metgasco’s licence to drill and we plan to remind them of the ways in which Metgasco failed to undertake genuine and effective consultation with our community,” said Bentley landholder and retired TAFE teacher Rosemary Joseph.
“At today’s breakfast gathering we are letting our elected representatives know that we, the people are still here, and we are calling on them to cancel Metgasco’s licence once and for all!”
“We locals are fortunate to have the ongoing strong support of people from the Northern Rivers- support we do not have from our own Nationals MP, Thomas George nor the Minister for the North Coast, Andrew Stoner.”
“Should the Government back down on their sensible and correct decision to suspend Metgasco’s drilling at Rosella EO1 at Bentley, the community will be back in force, stronger and larger than ever to protect our land and defend our rights to clean air and water,” she concluded.
“We are returning to this historic site today to remind the state government and Metgasco that the Northern Rivers community will not rest until gas exploration licences across this region are cancelled,” said local farmer and administrator Meg Nielsen.
“This community is outraged that Metgasco doesn’t know when to pack its bags and go. Despite having its licence justifiably suspended by the government, Metgasco is intent on bullying its way back into the region by suing the NSW government.”
“We are horrified to think that the government may once again be considering forcing conflict onto this peaceful rural community which has clearly voiced its objection to Metgasco’s forced drilling operations,” she concluded.
Rosemary Joseph 0412 071 990
Meg Nielsen 0413 417 543