Lock the Gate Alliance President Drew Hutton has been arrested at the Doubtful Creek community blockade against coal seam gas, near Kyogle in the Northern Rivers.
In a show of peaceful solidarity with the people of the Northern Rivers, Hutton sat in the middle of the road in front of the Doubtful Creek site where Metgasco intend to drill.
The community of the Northern Rivers has been protesting against exploratory drilling by Metgasco for two months during which time close to 40 people have been arrested at two different drilling sites.
Drew Hutton is the fourth arrest of the day - earlier this morning one of the 'Knitting Nannas' was arrested whilst knitting in a tripod perched high above the road whilst another woman was extracted from a tunnel beneath the road.Read more
Lock the Gate Alliance says a decision by the Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, to delay a decision on two coal mines near Boggabri in north-west NSW, including the Whitehaven Maules Creek Coal Project, has exposed gaping holes in the NSW planning process which approved the mines.
The time frame for making a federal decision on the mines has been delayed until the 30th April.
"We welcome the wise decision by Tony Burke today to defer a decision on the two proposed coal mines in Leard State Forest," said Carmel Flint, spokesperson for Lock the Gate Alliance.Read more
Grafton man John Wyborn, who was arrested at the anti-coal seam gas protest last week at Glenugie, has spent more than a week in Kempsey gaol, according to Lock the Gate Alliance.
The news came as the President of Lock The Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, joined the people of Kyogle at the anti-CSG blockade at Doubtful Ck where the CSG drill rig is expected to arrive today.
"John Wyborn has made a heroic effort to protect the Glenugie area from invasive gas mining. He has been arrested twice at the site and has now spent a week in gaol," said Drew Hutton, President of Lock the Gate Alliance.
The president of the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, will be attending the blockade of coal seam gas company, Metgasco, today (Thursday) at Doubtful Creek near Kyogle.
Organisers are expecting perhaps as many as 200 blockaders to be at the site.
Mr Hutton said the Lock the Gate movement was committed to stopping Metgasco from establishing a foothold in the Northern Rivers and would continue to mount blockades whenever the company attempted to enter a new drill site.
Lock the Gate Alliance has called on the Federal Environment Minister to reject the proposed Boggabri coal mines tomorrow, including the Whitehaven Maules Ck Project, or to expect legal problems. A decision is due on the mines under Federal Environment laws on the 7th February.
An independent scientific study released two weeks ago indicated the environmental assessments on which the mines were based was flawed and that the data used was incorrect.
"We are calling on the Federal Environment Minister to think long and hard about this one - it would be a very bad precedent to approve these mines based on false and incorrect information," said Carmel Flint, campaign co-ordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance.Read more