Government Should Side with the Community, not Rio Tinto: Alliance

Published: June 17, 2013

The Hunter and Central Rivers Alliance has called on the NSW Government to accept the decision by the Land and Environment Court to overturn project approval for the Warkworth Coal Extension Project.

Bev Smiles from the Hunter Community Network said, "the Government should get behind the community of the Hunter who deserve to be protected from the noise, dust and social impacts the Warkworth extension would have caused.”

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Stop the North West coal seam gas pollution: pause the industry, say locals

Published: June 13, 2013

The North West Alliance made up of 30 groups across the New England North West would like Minister Hartcher to STOP approving Santos coal seam gas wells and infrastructure until the current prosecution has been finalised.

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It is broke and we want a say in how to fix it

Published: June 10, 2013

For 22 years the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 (NSW) has sat unchanged.  On 22 May 2013, Energy and Resources Minister Chris Hartcher introduced the Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment Bill 2013 into the Legislative Assembly.

Mr Hartcher presented the amendments without the usual fanfare of NSW Government Media Releases and offers of Public Comment.

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Coalition betrays landowners again on Federal water Bill

Published: May 15, 2013

The federal Coalition is today playing destructive games in the parliament, opposing Tony Windsor's amendment which effectively stops decisions about the impacts on water of coal and coal seam gas projects being handed back to the states.

This amendment is important because the states have shown they are prepared to overlook all sorts of weaknesses in environmental impact statements by mining companies.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said his organisation was very disappointed the Coalition was not supporting the Windsor amendment and his members would be letting their local Coalition MPs know of their displeasure.

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Planet Gas pulls out of New South Wales

Published: May 14, 2013

The latest victim of landowner resistance to coal seam gas is Planet Gas which has announced its withdrawal from coal seam gas activities in the state under farm-in agreements with Leichhardt Resources.

Planet Gas had tenements at Bylong, Shoalhaven and the north-west of NSW.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said this was one more victory for the Lock the Gate movement which had already seen off Metgasco from the Northern Rivers and Dart from the Newcastle area.

"I would like to congratulate Penny Blatchford and the whole Bellata-Gurley area which voted 100 per cent against having coal seam gas," Mr Hutton said.

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