An estimated 2,000 people have joined residents of Bentley, west of Lismore in the Northern Rivers, this morning to oppose drilling at the site by unconventional gas miner Metgasco.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance has cautiously welcomed commitments by gas miners Santos Ltd and AGL to accept the right of landholders to prevent them accessing their land for gas development, but warns that resolving rural conflict over invasive gasfields and coal mining requires root and branch reform and legal force.
Lock the Gate National Coordinator, Phil Laird said, “The right of landholders to lock their gate to fossil fuel companies is something that is profoundly important to our members and supporters, so we welcome the news that locking your gate in some areas in NSW will no longer lead to protracted court battles.Read more
A proposal by the Queensland Government threatens community rights to object to mining leases and risks vast swathes of land and water, says the Lock the Gate Alliance.Read more
Lock the Gate Alliance has this morning welcomed news that applications by Grainger Energy to explore for coal seam gas in the Riverina region near Hay, Deniliquin and Narrandera have been rejected by the State Government, and called for all other pending applications to be similarly rejected.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance is calling for an inquiry to determine whether farmers are liable if their cattle are affected by water or food contaminated by coal seam gas.
Lock the Gate’s National Coordinator, Phil Laird said a media report yesterday raised serious questions about whether farmers would have to pay the price for contamination caused by mining companies.Read more