2,000 people at Bentley to block Metgasco drilling

Published: March 31, 2014

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.

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Cautious Welcome for Further Baby Steps on Coal Seam Gas

Published: March 28, 2014

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.

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LNP plan threatens communities while supporting mining companies

Published: March 27, 2014

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. 

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Riverina CSG reprieve welcomed: further action needed

Published: March 26, 2014

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.

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Farmers to foot the bill for mining contaminants?

Published: March 25, 2014

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. 

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