Lock-on protest against CSG pond construction after Government ban fails

Published: June 20, 2012

A peaceful protestor has today attached himself to a bull-dozer being used by Metgasco to build a new coal seam gas wastewater holding pond near Casino in northern NSW. He is being supported by 50 people from the region who have gathered at the site.

Lismore resident Davey Bob Ramsay, whose family has lived in the Northern Rivers region for 4 generations, locked himself to the machine at dawn this morning to highlight the threats posed by CSG wastewater to land and water in the Richmond Valley.

“We're here because the NSW Government promised to ban evaporation ponds 12 months ago but today Metgasco are building an open wastewater pond on the edge of the Casino floodplain,” said Boudicca Cerese, spokesperson for Lock the Gate Alliance Northern Rivers.

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Metgasco guilty of dumping CSG wastewater at council sewage plant

Published: June 12, 2012

Lock the Gate Northern Rivers has received confirmation from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) that Metgasco have been disposing of wastewater from its coal seam gas exploration activities illegally at the Casino Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) for almost a year.

This wastewater disposal practice represents a violation of both the gas company’s water management plan as well as the Richmond Valley Council’s STP license and both parties have been told by the EPA to stop immediately.

This information is contained in a letter from the EPA to lawyers acting for Lock the Gate Northern Rivers which was received late last week.  A copy of the letter is available on request.

“We found out in March that Metgasco may be removing wastewater from their holding ponds to stop them overflowing and raised our concerns with Richmond Valley Council at that time,” said Boudicca Cerese, spokesperson for Lock the Gate Alliance Northern Rivers.

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Expert water committee falls at first hurdle

Published: June 12, 2012

The Lock the Gate Alliance has reacted angrily to news that two coal seam gas wells were approved by the NSW
Government at Fullerton Cove, north of Newcastle, last week following advice from the new Independent Expert Scientific Committee set up by the Federal Government.

The two proposed pilot wells that are planned for drilling by Dart Energy are located next to the Hunter Wetlands
Ramsar site, an internationally significant wetland, and will involve drilling through the Tomago sand beds which provide drinking water for Newcastle.

"The decision by the interim expert water committee on the Fullerton Cove coal seam gas wells exposes deep flaws in the process that need to be fixed" said Drew Hutton, President of the Lock the Gate Alliance. 

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Will Swanbank, near Ipswich, become Arrow Energy’s environmental salt-bomb?

Published: June 12, 2012

A licensed landfill at Swanbank, near Ipswich, has been earmarked to potentially receive more than 117 tonnes of concentrated waste salt water from planned coal seam gas operations in the Surat region.

Lock the Gate south east Queensland (SEQ) says if Arrow Energy goes ahead with its salt disposal plan, the gas company could send up to 2.9 million B-double trucks filled with coal seam gas waste brine concentrate down the highway from Surat to Swanbank, via Toowboomba and Ipswich.

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Gas emergency heightens on Western Downs

Published: June 05, 2012

Residents on the Tara residential estate on Queensland's Western Darling Downs have reported the presence of gas smelling like 'rotten eggs' and another 'sweet-smelling' gas and, as a result, teams from both state and federal governments have begun investigations of the area to determine if these are linked with nearby coal seam gas activities.

The gas smells were reported to the state government several weeks ago and residents have been complaining about symptoms like nose bleeds and chronic headaches in their children.

The Lock the Gate Alliance recently released video footage of gas bubbling up through the Condamine River and both the coal seam gas company, Origin, and the Queensland government have admitted it is methane but are claiming it is from 'natural sources'.

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