Following the success of its National Day of Action in 2011, the Lock the Gate Alliance will hold its National Week of Action beginning this Saturday.
Member groups of the Alliance have organised many different sorts of events, including picnics, massive human signs, rallies and direct action.Read more
The O’Farrell Government yesterday opened the floodgates to coal seam gas mining in NSW with Minister for Resources Chris Hartcher moving to renew 22 coal seam gas exploration licences including many of the most controversial and hotly contested titles in NSW.
The full list of renewals is available here.
“Barry O’Farrell has let the Energy Minister off the leash and in one fell swoop he has opened the door to coal seam gas drilling across vast areas which include some of our most iconic landscapes,” said Drew Hutton, President of Lock the Gate Alliance.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance reacted to today’s announcement of the NSW government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy by saying that gates across the state would remain locked to coal and coal seam gas mining.
Lock the Gate Alliance President, Drew Hutton, said he felt very few, if any, of the more than 100 community action groups around the state would be unlocking their gates in the wake of the government’s announcement.
“This is an appalling policy and is nothing more than an invitation for high-impact, polluting activities to come on to almost any part of the state.Read more
Over 88 per cent of voters in the Lismore Council area have voted against having coal seam gas in an overwhelming rejection of the industry.
Voters were asked to respond to the question: “Do you support coal seam gas (CSG) exploration and production in the Lismore City Council area?” The response, after more than 15,000 votes were counted, was 11.93% in favour and 88.07% against.
Arrow and Metgasco are two of the main coal seam gas companies attempting to carry out activities in the Northern Rivers.
“This poll reflects the resounding results from surveys of 30 local communities in the area which have declared themselves CSG free and are preparing to defend their communities from CSG,” said Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton.Read more
Community groups across NSW have stepped up action against reckless coal mining projects this week.
Six people have been arrested at four different protests against the rapid and uncontrolled expansion of coal mining in NSW.
On Monday two activists scaled the giant coal-crusher at the Boggabri mine in north-western New South Wales for 8 hours with a banner which read ‘Stop the Coal Rush: Protect Health, Water, Climate’.Read more