Excessive Police Response Seeks to Criminalise Peaceful Protest

Published: September 06, 2012

Lock The Gate Alliance has this morning criticised the NSW Government for its excessive and heavy-handed response to peaceful protest against coal mining expansion in the Gunnedah Basin earlier this week.

Three peaceful protestors arrested this week at the Boggabri Coal Mine have been charged with an offence under s201 of the Crimes Act – hinder working of mining equipment – which carries a maximum gaol term of seven years.

“The excessive charges laid against peaceful protesters this week are clearly an attempt to intimidate rural communities who are concerned about the reckless expansion of mining in NSW,” said Carmel Flint, a regional co-ordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance.

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Coal seam gas on fire on Darling Downs

Published: August 20, 2012

The methane burning on a property near Arrow Energy’s Daandine gas field near Dalby, Queensland is undoubtedly the result of coal seam gas operations in the area.

Methane is emerging through a large crack in the ground at Daandine and has set fire to a nearby paddock.

Lock the Gate Alliance President Drew Hutton said attempts by Arrow to blame the methane leak on the nearby 30 year-old Wilkie Creek coal mine are pathetic and defy common sense.

“The coal seam gas industry can always come up with reasons why they are not to blame for these incidents but none of this was happening before the companies began de-watering and de-pressurising the coal seams on the Western Darling Downs,” Mr Hutton said.

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Shell’s decision a turning point in gas development

Published: July 30, 2012

The decision by Shell to withhold further investment in the Arrow coal seam gas project is likely to be a turning point in the development of this industry in Australia, regardless of any approval decision taken by the Queensland govenment.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said the Shell decision was a rational one given the obstacles being faced by the industry as a whole and by Arrow in particular.

"The coal seam gas industry is facing unsustainable costs from labour, the Gladstone LNG construction and the reduced global price of natural gas," Mr Hutton said.

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Lock The Gate Goes International

Published: July 29, 2012

Lock The Gate President Drew Hutton was among speakers addressing a huge rally in Washington DC.

The Stop the Frack Attack rally is one of a suite of activities taking place around the world as part of an international day of protest about the destructive process of hydraulic fracturing.

“Lock The Gate is the Australian arm of an international social movement that is determined to prevent the destruction of the world’s underground water supplies,” said Lock the Gate Vice-President Jacinta Green.

“Communities around the world are mobilizing to protect their water supplies, their productive agricultural regions,  important environmental areas, cultural assets and their health and well-being.

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Communities want data not stunts

Published: July 27, 2012

The discrepancy in water quality test results in northern NSW is proof that self-regulation isn’t working and cannot provide community confidence in the coal seam gas industry says Lock the Gate Alliance Vice President Jacinta Green.

Metgaso’s results described the water as ‘salty but not toxic’. The NATA accredited EAL laboratory in Lismore found 10 heavy metals at levels well above safe ANZECC limits. Aluminum was found at 440 times drinking water standard while lead was 7 times drinking water standard and 20 times the safe environmental limit.

“Communities are rightly concerned about the lack of independence in air and water quality monitoring and testing,” Ms Green said.

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