MEDIA RELEASE: 12 June 2015 Gasfield Free Northern Rivers draws closer

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has welcomed media reports that Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader Troy Grant is calling for a halt to coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers, and congratulated the Deputy Premier on his stance.

“After tireless work over four years by the community in the Northern Rivers we are overjoyed to see that Deputy Premier Troy Grant has heard the communities concern and is ready to help protect them from the threat of unconventional gas,” said Gasfield Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Dean Draper.

“Deputy Troy Grant joins National Party MLC Ben Franklin and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis in his opposition to coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers. Earlier this month Mr Franklin promised to present a motion to the National Party Conference that would help deliver a gasfield free Northern Rivers.

“The National Party Conference coming up this weekend is a perfect opportunity for the Party to demonstrate that they will listen and act on the concerns of farmers and landholders  by making the Northern Rivers ‘gasfield free'” he said.

“Unconventional gas is not appropriate for the Northern Rivers. We have a high population density and sensitive food production areas which cannot co-exist with such an invasive and dangerous industry. I hope the National Party will declare the Northern Rivers gasfield free at the Nationals conference this weekend!” said Mr Draper

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