NSW Government must stop bullying local residents on behalf of mining companies

Published: July 11, 2013

The NSW Government is taking the Fullerton Cove Residents Action Group to court in an attempt to force the local residents' group to pay the Government's legal bill.

FCRAG launched proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court last year, challenging the approval by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment of Dart Energy's proposed pilot coal seam gas (CSG) project at Fullerton Cove, near Newcastle. While the court challenge was unsuccessful, Dart Energy have since withdrawn from the project indefinitely, due in part to the sustained opposition of the Fullerton Cove community.

The national Lock The Gate Alliance has slammed the move by the government. “The O'Farrell Government is using the courts to bully local residents on behalf of the CSG industry,” said Lock The Gate's regional coordinator for the Hunter, Steve Phillips.

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New Studies on Health Impacts of Air Pollution Must Trigger Action on Coal Dust

Published: July 11, 2013

Lock The Gate Alliance has called on the Federal Health Minister to urgently strengthen standards on air pollution from coal mining, after new European studies which show airborne dust particles are linked to increases in lung cancer and heart failure.

The first study found that airborne dust particles contribute to lung cancer incidence and the second study found that air pollution is closely associated with hospitalization and death from heart failure.

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Industry Scare Campaign on Gas Prices A Lot of Hot Air

Published: July 05, 2013

Lock The Gate Alliance has labelled the coal seam gas (CSG) industry as dishonest and untrustworthy after the release of a new report which shows that the CSG export industry will cause wholesale gas prices in Australia to triple.

In February, the CSG industry said that proposed new rules on coal seam gas mining would  lead to higher energy prices in NSW and their website states that the CSG industry could reduce wholesale electricity prices.

However, the new report by The Australia Institute reveals that gas prices are set to rise dramatically across eastern Australia because of plans by the gas industry to start exporting gas from Queensland, leading to export parity pricing in Australia.

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North West Communities Want Santos to Leave the Region Completely

Published: June 28, 2013

North West NSW community members are calling on oil and gas giant Santos to leave the North West altogether in the wake of the announcement this morning that Santos are trimming the area of current coal seam gas exploration to sites in the Pilliga Forest only. 

“Santos have been forced to retreat because of the most extraordinary community opposition across the region - as residents across 700,000ha have declared their communities gasfield free,” said Liverpool Plains farmer Megan Kuhn, a Bundella representative of the North West Alliance.

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Landowners Sit-In at Federal Parliament: Call for 'A Fair Go' Against Mining Giants

Published: June 20, 2013

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Updates:

  • 2pm: the 120 protectors of land, water and rights have left Parliament house, having shared their message with Federal parliament, blockading the front entrance for 3 hours.
  • Greens Senators Christine Milne and Larissa Waters address the group.
  • 1pm: Hon. Tony Windsor MP and Hon Bob Katter MP address the media and protestors sitting-in at parliament house to give their messages of support for community campaigns and Lock the Gate working for the protection of water from coal and CSG mining.
  • Live photo feed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockthegatealliance/
  • Follow @lockthegate and #calltocountry on twitter.com for latest updates

Original release:

  • 120 landowners and supporters are staging a sit-in at Parliament House, Canberra, calling for Federal action to give landowners a 'fair go' against mining giants
  • This follows both major parties yesterday voting down legal changes to give farmers the right to say 'no' to mining.
  • A poll released earlier this week showed 86% of people support giving landowners the right to refuse access to miners.

"The current expansion of coal and gas mining across the country is one of the gravest threats Australia has ever faced as a nation" said Drew Hutton, President of Lock The Gate Alliance.

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