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Gasfield Free Newsletter: March 2014


CSG Free Northern Rivers
Dear Gasfield Free supporters,
It’s been a few months since the last newsletter and lots has been happening around the region! Most important is the ongoing protest at the site of Metgasco’s drilling operations at the ‘Rosella’ site at Bentley, 16 km west of Lismore, where they plan to drill a 2km deep well into a tight sands gas deposit.
Tight sands gas is a form of unconventional gas similar to coal seam gas where lots of wells are required to produce a commercial flow. One difference is that fracking is almost always required to get the gas to flow. This is the beginning of invasive gasfields in our region and needs your involvement now to help stop this from becoming a reality!
There is now a well-established council approved protector’s camp on private land adjacent to the drill site at Bentley complete with info. tent, shade structures and porta loos! Bentley landholders have featured in the media recently stating their determined opposition to drilling activities. Metgasco has also had a campsite approved for housing drilling company workers – albeit a somewhat different type of ‘camp’!

Photo by David Lowe
Please come to the blockade, starting now. Site work is imminent and people on the ground need your support. Come for an hour before or after work. Bring your lunch and share with hungry protectors. Better still, schedule your visit for a 3 hour shift at one of the gates or join the camp to be part of the ongoing action.Please be self-sufficient in food and water and be prepared for hot weather or rain. There are people staffing the info. tent at all times who will be able to fill you in on the camp guidelines and how you can  make a useful contribution to the camp community. If you attend please follow the guidelines for non-violent direct action and maintain a peaceful presence at all times.Put your number on the text alert list for actions by sending a text to 0447 399 535.Talk to your friends and family. Keep them informed with updates. Carpool to the blockade.

For ongoing ACTION ALERTS check our Facebook page and see our website for directions to the camp and for regular updates on recent activities on site.

Photo by David Lowe

Then please visit our crowd-funding project: Stop Bentley Gas Exploration Now!

Funds are needed to cover costs for campaign strategies such as media, events, communications and legal fund. 100% of funds raised will go towards the campaign and all donations are tax deductible. You financial support will be gratefully received thank you!

To stop this industry we need to keep building our movement Australia wide. If you’re not already a member please consider joining Lock the Gate Alliance and supporting a grassroots movement that is protecting our land, water and communities.

Arrange a personal meeting with your local State and Federal member for parliament, and ask them to take action to stop invasive gasfields. Actions are needed, not just words. Seek a commitment and a timeframe for implementation, and follow up on it.

Thanks for your support and here’s to a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers!

See you at Bentley!

Copyright © 2014 Lock the Gate Alliance Northern Rivers, All rights reserved.


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