Community support for Ian Moore at court case

Published: November 28, 2011

Representatives from various groups in the Hunter Valley will gather at the Land and Environment Court at Singleton tomorrow (Tuesday) in support of blind farmer, Ian Moore, who is attempting to stop a coal mining company, NuCoal, from entering his property at Jerrys Plains.

When: 10.30 a.m., Tuesday 29th November 2011

Where: Land and Environment Court, Elisabeth Street, Singleton

Mr Moore has taken the company to the Court after the state's arbitration process ruled in favour of NuCoal.

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ABC congratulated on coal seam gas site

Published: November 24, 2011

The Lock the Gate Alliance today praised the ABC for the quality of its information on coal seam gas presented on its web site (www.abc.net.au/coalseamgas)

Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton said the ABC deserved the highest praise for cutting through much of the hype surrounding the issue and presenting the costs and benefits in an objective and interesting manner.

Mr Hutton said he was particularly impressed by the site's mapping that shows the positions of many of the coal seam gas wells in Queensland and New South Wales with back-up information on issues like impacts on underground water, fracking and the economic benefits and costs.

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Santos blockade over: lock the gate strategy vindicated

Published: November 14, 2011

The blockade of the Santos coal seam gas project at Spring Ridge on the New South Wales Liverpool Plains has been called off.

Santos has agreed to suspend drilling activities until the completion of the Namoi Catchment Water Study due March 2012. This study will determine the vulnerability of underground and surface water systems.

The blockade was imposed by the Caroona Coal Action Group which is part of the Lock the Gate Alliance.

President of the Lock the Gate Alliance Drew Hutton said this result was a vindication of the whole lock the gate strategy.

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Australian gas prices to double because of industry's plans for export

Published: November 13, 2011

In a recent ABC interview AGL boss Michael Fraser lifted the lid on future pricing for coal seam gas in the domestic market.

In a case of shameless scaremongering Mr Fraser told ABC Inside Business host Alan Kohler that New South Wales might soon run out of gas.

Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton said what is really happening is that companies like AGL will use the global price for coal as leverage to double the domestic price.

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NSW Labor supports a moratorium on coal seam gas: What about the Qld ALP?

Published: November 09, 2011

The New South Wales Labor Party is now supporting a moratorium on all Coal Seam Gas exploration licenses, the issuing of coal seam gas extraction licenses and applications to expand existing operations

The leader of the NSW Labor Opposition, John Robertson stated that, until a water-tight regulatory framework is in place based on independent scientific research and conclusive evidence, the government should not be allowing coal seam gas mining to proceed.

This new development could ensure the NSW Greens bill imposing a moratorium on coal seam gas development passes the state upper house. This will put enormous pressure on the Coalition government.

President of the lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, said it was now time for the Queensland ALP to do the same.

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