Lock the Gate to shut down Acland coal dump

Published: February 19, 2012

The Lock the Gate movement will be shutting down the coal loading facility of New Hope Coal's Acland mine tomorrow (Monday 20 February).

The Lock the Gate Alliance is planning to march on the Acland mine coal dump situated at the edge of the Jondaryan township. This facility has been accused by Jondaryan residents of polluting their town and causing serious health problems.

The march will be headed by radio broadcaster, Alan Jones, Drew Hutton, president of the Lock the Gate Alliance, and many other prominent Queenslanders. These include Bob Katter, Aidan McLindon, Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Greens state spokesperson Libby Connors and other prominent Queenslanders.

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Newman flags free rein to the mining industry

Published: February 18, 2012

Cambell Newman's criticisms of the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) have sent a shiver down the spine of every Queensland landowner who would like this department to keep closer control of the mining industry.

Mr Newman is quoted as saying he believes the environmental regulator is full of "green extremists" and needs to learn what its true function is.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said his members found Mr Newman's comments disturbing.

"The Bligh government and the LNP opposition have stated many times that the coal seam gas industry will be kept under control by the number of conditions imposed on their activities and the preparedness of DERM to enforce these," Mr Hutton said.

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Pilliga Forest contaminated by coal seam gas

Published: February 09, 2012

Lock The Gate Alliance has recently received news of independent soil and water sample results from contaminated zones in the Pilliga forest near Santos' coal seam gas operation.

Drew Hutton, President of Lock The Gate said, "The testing, commissioned by environment groups and tested by an independent laboratory, contains disturbing information about the true impacts of coal seam gas and the appalling attitude of the coal seam gas companies."

"The results are incredibly disturbing. Santos reported that these areas were contaminated by a spill that occurred over 6 months ago, and have been blaming the spill and the subsequent cover up on the previous operator, Eastern Star Gas, while conveniently forgetting that at the time they owned a 20% stake in Eastern Star Gas," he said.

"But over that 6 months the region has had over 600mm of rain, so these results must be incredibly diluted and a pale shadow of the initial impact."

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Federal Government confirms spying on Lock the Gate protesters

Published: February 07, 2012

In reply to a question by Greens Senator Chrisitne Milne in Federal Parliament today, Joe Ludwig, the Minister representing the Attorney-General, confirmed that the Federal Police were monitoring groups and individuals protesting against coal seam gas.

Senator Milne's question was in response to a statement by Federal Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson, that he had asked the Attorney-General to monitor climate activists.

Senator Ludwig stated this surveillance was in line with the guidelines but nevertheless, this surveillance, including that of coal seam gas protesters, was occurring.

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton said this decision by the Federal Government was part of the intimidation being practised by governments and the resource companies.

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New poll shows Katter and CSG hold key to Qld election

Published: January 25, 2012

Polling conducted by Essential Research on December 12-16 across five Queensland rural electorates shows candidates from Katter's Australian Party (KAP) can win four out of those five seats and that coal seam gas is a major concern across these electorates.

The five seats were Beaudesert, Dalrymple, Mulgrave, Nanango and Condamine with only Condamine showing the KAP with a low vote.

Both Katter's Australian Party and the Greens have strong pro-farming and anti-coal seam gas policies.

Coal seam gas registered as a major concern with many voters with only factors such as the economy, hospitals and infrastructure registering higher.

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