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Alliance welcomes buy back of PEL 445

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has welcomed Member for Lismore, Thomas George’s announcement today that PEL 445 has been bought back. “We are very pleased that the government has taken this important step and reduced the number of licences covering the Northern Rivers. PEL 445 covers a large area from the border right down to the […]

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MR: Northern Rivers in Gas Mining Limbo

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has welcomed the news from Minister Anthony Roberts of the time extension to the Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) buy back scheme, however they noted that the community needs the issue to be resolved soon. Thomas George’s comments yesterday that it could take years doesn’t meet community expectations and there is an […]

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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: Northern Rivers community representatives say “No Deal” to Federal Energy Minister and Metgasco.

Tourism operator and Marine Biologist Wendy Craig Duncan and Ian Gaillard , regional coordinator of Lock the Gate Community put the case to keep the Northern Rivers free of industrial gasfields at a ‘stakeholders’ meeting held in the office of the Federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane today. The meeting called at short notice in Canberra […]

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MR: Minister warned of a ‘world of pain’ for gas companies in the Northern Rivers

Community representatives attending a meeting with Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane in Canberra on Tuesday will warn the minister that the industry will face a ‘world of pain’ if it attempts to impose itself upon the Northern Rivers. The warning comes as new research released by Southern Cross University has found overwhelming opposition to the […]

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MR: “High Risk Incident” – Drill Pipes Exploded from Gas Well

The NSW Mine Safety Investigation Unit has released a report on a ‘high risk incident’ at a Metgasco gas well near Casino in July this year, where more than 200m of steel drill pipes shot out of the well at high pressure.  The unconventional tight gas well had been fracked in 2010. Key quotes from […]

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200m of steel drill pipes blown into air in July CSG mishap

Northern Star Hamish Broome A DANGEROUS incident that occurred during the decommissioning of one of Metgasco’s gas wells near Casino in July is the subject of an inquiry by the NSW Mine Safety Investigation Unit. On July 14 this year six Metgasco workers were placed into a “very high” risk situation during the shutdown operation […]

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MR: Macfarlane’s CSG Fast Track Fatal for Farming

Lock the Gate Alliance said plans by the shadow resources spokesperson, Ian Macfarlane, to fast track Coal Seam Gas (CSG) developments in NSW would be fatal to the farming communities his National Party colleagues are supposed to represent. “The announcement reported yesterday was a slap in the face to rural communities who have been asking […]

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MEDIA ALERT: GAS FIELD FREE PAGE ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUM

GAS FIELD FREE ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUM IN LISMORE WHAT: PAGE ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUM WHERE: Italo Club, Nth. Lismore WHEN: 6.30pm Tuesday 27th August Coal seam gas mining is an important election issue in the marginal seat of Page where we know that over 87% of voters want the Northern Rivers to remain free of invasive […]

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Media Release: Federal pollies could do more about invasive gasfields

Media release 21st August 2013: An Environmental Defenders Office report released today confirms that the Federal Parliament has wide constitutional powers to control invasive gasfield development and that far-reaching national reforms are possible. Spokesperson for CSG-Free Northern Rivers, Aidan Ricketts said today “This is a real election issue in Page and Richmond where we know […]

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