MR: Camp ground at Bentley shows commitment of protectors opposing gasfield industrialisation
After weeks of discussion with Richmond Valley Council, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, acting on behalf of landholders David and John Scarrabelotti, has secured a temporary camp ground approval for up to 200 people adjacent to Metgasco’s proposed unconventional gas drilling site at Bentley.
The establishment of the camping ground will provide a safe area for people to camp, and allows the community a space to gather in preparation for the proposed drilling of the Rosella unconventional gas well less than 1 km from the site.
“Approval of a primitive camp ground near Metgasco’s proposed drilling site shows that the people of Bentley and the Northern Rivers are committed to protecting our land and water from gasfield industrialisation,” said local Bentley resident, Ross Joseph.
“The camp is open to people of the Northern Rivers who are committed to keeping our beautiful farmland gasfield free through peaceful direct action and non-violent protest. It’s a ‘working camp’ for those with big hearts and cool heads who want to contribute through volunteering, donations and logistical support.
“We have worked successfully with Richmond Valley Council to secure this approval, and are appreciative of the council’s staff who have assisted us in this matter.
“Local residents of Bentley and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers are especially appreciative of David and John Scarrabelotti whose land the camp is situated on. This is a prime example of the generosity and dedication local farmers have shown in keeping the region gasfield free.
“Metgasco are on notice that they have no social licence to force their drilling rig onto farmland at Bentley. The community is outraged that their elected government representatives are not listening to them, and we demand that the state government steps in to stop this toxic industry.
Ross & Rosemary Joseph 0411 789 445
Adam Guise 0402 431 521