Federal Government attempts to spin its way past Gladstone harbour debacle

Published: October 26, 2011

Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has put his name to possibly the most blatant piece of hypocrisy in the country by writing an introduction to an lift-out into Gladstone's local newspaper.

The lift-out is entitled "Reef Guardians" and Mr Burke talks about all the wonderful things the federal government is doing on the Great Barrier Reef overlooking the fact that it was his approval of the massive construction in Gladstone harbour, especially the dredging to allow LNG tankers into the port, that is undoubtedly one of the prime causes of the current threats to the environment.

Mr Burke also approved the dumping of toxic spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.

Lock the Gate Alliance presdient Drew Hutton said Mr Burke will not be allowed to spin his way out of his responsibility for what is happening to this precious area.

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Strategic Cropping Land legislation won’t stop coal mines

Published: October 26, 2011

The Lock the Gate Alliance says the ultimate worth of the worth of the Bligh government's strategic cropping land legislation being introduced into the parliament today will be measured by how many coal mines it stops from alienating good farm land.

President of the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, said the Bligh government was claiming it would protect 4 percent of the state but this was sheer spin and it was unlikely that more than 1 percent would be protected because the criteria for what constituted "strategic cropping land" were too restricted and because it won't stop coal seam gas development on this land.

"While mining in about 4 percent of the state might potentially trigger this legislation, criteria like a maximum 4 percent slope rules out much valuable land.

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Murray Darling Basin Authority to open floodgates for mining

Published: October 19, 2011

The Lock The Gate Alliance claims that the Murray Darling Basin will be another casualty as Precautionary Principle is thrown to the wind in the resources boom.

Lock the Gate President, Drew Hutton says pressure from States addicted to mining royalties is most likely to be behind the MDBA's plan to allow massive increases in groundwater use in the forth-coming Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The MDBA's current thinking on sustainable diversion limits for groundwater in the proposed Basin Plan are almost 2,000GL greater than those stated in last year's Guide to the Basin Plan.

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Coal seam gas is very similar to shale gas – despite industry claims

Published: September 21, 2011

The president of the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, today apologised for accidentally using the wrong terminology in the Alliance's submissions to the NSW upper house inquiry and the federal Senate inquiry into coal seam gas but re-affirmed his belief that the coal seam gas industry was deliberately misleading the public by claiming shale gas has nothing to do with coal seam gas.

"The Lock the Gate submission used 'coal seam gas' instead of the wider term 'unconventional gas' but there is not a world of difference between the two types, as the industry claims," Mr Hutton said.

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Complaint lodged against phoney Coal Seam Gas advertising campaign

Published: September 16, 2011

Arguments that coal seam gas mining can't co-exist with agriculture and that it represents a grave threat to the future of rural Australia are at the heart of a complaint lodged today by Lock The Gate.

The Alliance has lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Bureau against the coal seam gas industry advertising campaign 'We Want CSG'.

"We have taken the step this week of lodging a complaint against the coal seam gas advertisements from the gas industry because we don't want to see the community hoodwinked by phoney claims" said Drew Hutton, President of Lock The Gate Alliance.

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