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.Read more
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.Read more
Protesters halted dredging in Gladstone harbour for 2 hours today, when Friends of the Earth campaigner Derec Davies hung a banner and locked himself to a Gladstone port corporation dredge.
The protest was supported by a small group of local fishing boats and one kayaker.
Derec was locked to the dredge from 9:30 am until 11:45 am, when he was cut off and arrested by Gladstone Police.Read more
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.Read more
Yesterday's framework statement on coal seam gas by the federal Nationals leader Warren Truss simply continues the party's practice of telling farmers they sympathise with their plight and they will be looked after but does little to address the real problems of the too-rapid expansion of the gas industry.
President of the Lock the Gate Alliance said the Nationals must make it clear what actions they will take to protect such assets as good farm land and underground water.
"Will the Nationals support legislation that protects all good agricultural land and not just the tiny percentage the Queensland government will protect under its Strategic Cropping Land legislation?" Mr Hutton asked.Read more