10% royalty plan for farmers could equate to only $702 a year per well

Published: March 24, 2017

Analysis by Lock the Gate Alliance shows that the 10% payment for farmers from gas royalties, being pushed by the federal National Party, is likely to be less than $702 per year per well for landholders.  

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Wilpinjong coal mine assessment shows up woefully inadequate NSW mining policy: community calls on Minister to “stop the clock” and fix the system

Published: March 20, 2017


Community groups have rejected the latest assessment of the proposed Wilpinjong coal mine expansion project near Mudgee, and called on the NSW Planning Minister to “stop the clock” on the project until the “broken” assessment system is fixed. The NSW Department of Planning has today released its final Assessment Report for the project, again recommending that it proceed, despite fierce community opposition.

“According to the Planning Department, my community does not have the right to exist,” said Bev Smiles, of the Wollar Progress Association.

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No Prime Minister, gas companies do not have a social licence to operate

Published: March 15, 2017

Lock the Gate Alliance says the Prime Minister is not listening to regional communities if he thinks gas companies have a social licence to operate, as he was quoted saying this morning before meeting with the gas industry.

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Court appeal outcome backing Santos CSG wastewater plant goes against Narrabri community group’s wishes

Published: March 14, 2017

  • Community group claims environmental law regarding CSG not strong enough
  • Community vows to continue battle against Santos CSG plans for their region  
  • Still no solution provided for millions of tonnes of CSG salt waste
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Turnbull Government’s approval of Northern Gas Pipeline ignores community opposition

Published: March 14, 2017

Lock the Gate Alliance has expressed concern about the Turnbull Government’s approval of a 622km Northern Gas Pipeline from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa, reported today.

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