Lock (everyone’s) gate

Miranda Divine has an important story today about a farmer under siege because he has said ‘yes’ to a gas company drilling on his property for conventional gas.  And the thugs and interlopers blocking access to his property and causing outright vandalism (digging a ditch with metal spikes) simply refuse to stop their activities, even after being instructed by the police to do so.

Here’s the thing, the supposed aim of the Lock the Gate protest movement is to give farmers and other landowners the right to say NO to coal and CSG.  In reality, it is a deeply totalitarian and oppressive movement that wants to FORCE ALL FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS TO SAY NO.

Read this piece and weep:

 

IN the lush pastures of the northern rivers region, an unholy alliance of local anti-gas protesters and imported green extremists is making life hell for farmer Pete Graham and his family.

They have farmed near Casino for five generations, but their decision to allow gas company Metgasco to drill on their land for natural gas — not coal seam gas — has turned into a nightmare.

Hundreds of protesters have been camped around their property for weeks, blocking their driveways with cars and intimidating everyone going in and out. Peter’s wife, seven-year-old twins and parents are under virtual siege. His gates have been ­repeatedly padlocked and welded shut and a concrete trench with metal spikes dug into his driveway. If he takes cattle to market, he has to ask council for a security escort to get out his gate.

And in nearby Casino, business owners were harassed by anonymous letters last week, threatening a boycott of the town.

“It’s out of control,” Graham, 44, said yesterday of the campaign of intimidation.

“They’ve been told by police not to enter our property and they continually disobey the requests.”

This is the dark side of the campaign against coal seam gas. While apprehension about the impacts on prime agricultural land of gas exploration is real, extreme green fanatics have exploited those fears for their own ends.

Posing as farmer’s friends, professional vigilante activists are dangerous bedfellows for the grassroots anti-gas movement. Their criminal harassment of farmers and contractors and total opposition to all fossil fuels will, in the end, turn off the public and divide communities.

The fact is NSW has the most stringent regulations in the world over gas exploration. Last week the state government oversaw a deal between landowner groups and big energy companies to give farmers veto over drilling on their properties.

Under Australian law, underground resources are owned by the crown and landholders were obliged to provide access to coal seam gas companies, whether they wanted to or not. This imposition inspired the influential Lock The Gate lobby.

But now, under pressure from NSW Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts, Santos and AGL have agreed to forfeit their right to demand access. Roberts has also imposed a six month freeze on new exploration, and further stringent environmental controls.

And that should be the end of the matter, for reasonable people.

Farmers like the Grahams who want to allow drilling on their land should be entitled to do so, as long as the drilling is done in accordance with these tough regulations.

“I’m not an advocate for the industry, never have been, never will be, but as a regulator, we need to ensure that, as the gas industry moves forward, it is based on science and community consultation,” Roberts said.

“Some of activists have shown it’s not about access to farmers’ land but a fundamental hatred of mining or any fossil fuel extraction.

“We cannot become a ­nation of social workers and clients of social workers. We need to produce something if our children want jobs; cheap energy, as long as it’s done correctly, is the way to go.”

Compared to Queensland, highly regulated NSW is ­already missing out on the benefits of the gas boom (which was driven in large part by the demonisation of coal by carbon-phobics).

There is nothing left to protest against. “But the extreme elements will only be happy when they have sent us back to the pushbike and horse and cart,” Graham said.

Casino Chamber of Commerce, neutral on gas exploration, is having the last laugh. They’ve turned the ­attempted boycott into a marketing opportunity. They have taken out full page ads in their local newspaper ­declaring Casino “open for business”. Bravo Casino!

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71 Responses to Lock (everyone’s) gate

  1. rebel with cause

    “They’ve been told by police not to enter our property and they continually disobey the requests.”

    Well there’s your problem right there. How about the police start arresting lawbreakers?

  2. Mr Rusty

    Hundreds of protesters have been camped around their property for weeks, blocking their driveways with cars and intimidating everyone going in and out.

    Do they not have jobs? Why aren’t they at work? How do they afford to eat?
    FFS grow some balls authorities. Find out who they are and cancel all welfare payments, grants, Medicare etc. When they whinge just say “Your economic vandalism is causing a drop in tax receipts which means your welfare and entitlements have had to be cancelled.”

  3. Stephen of Glasshouse

    Water cannon , OC spray and impound their cars.

  4. Boambee John

    “Under Australian law, underground resources are owned by the crown and landholders were obliged to provide access to coal seam gas companies, whether they wanted to or not. This imposition inspired the influential Lock The Gate lobby.”

    Once the government allows farmers (and other landholders) a right of veto over mineral exploration, is the government then giving them the right to a share of royalties in those cases where they agree with the government to allow access?

  5. Boambee John

    “Well there’s your problem right there. How about the police start arresting lawbreakers?”

    Down to the local Court House (not the Police Station) and lay complaints of trespass and threatening behaviour.

  6. Pickles

    Where’s Ainsworth the Pokie Bloke? You’ve been funding this haven’t you?

  7. Cato the Elder

    Surveillance cameras on the gate.

    I sometimes think it’s a shame man traps were outlawed in the 19th Century.

  8. Angus Black

    Where is Fatty o’Barrel’s government?

    Missing in action when country folk are in need….yet again.

    When will the Greenslime be required to obey the law?

  9. .

    This is disgraceful. Why isn’t the State of NSW protecting this family’s property or safety?

    “Some of activists have shown it’s not about access to farmers’ land but a fundamental hatred of mining or any fossil fuel extraction.

    Which it always has been.

  10. Gibbo

    Alan Jones has a lot to answer for in this matter.

  11. .

    O Farrell must go if Lock the Gate is not declared a criminal organisation.

    Who is Anthony Roberts? Why should we do anything he says? He has allied himself with the lunatic fringe such as Friends of the Earth. He ought to be removed in pre-selection for his willful deceit against his constituents.

  12. Rabz

    Arrest these greenfilth mongrels, throw the book at them and then lock them up for lengthy periods of time.

    Enough. This behaviour is reminiscent of totalitarian thugs throughout the ages.

    And yes, where is that fat useless bag of human excrement Fatty O’Barrell in all of this?

    Inexcusable.

  13. H B Bear

    Any word from spokes-hypocrite for the anti-gas lobby Tony Windbag? Obviously solid carbon isn’t a problem as far as he is concerned.

    Another police failure here – exactly as it was in the Grocon dispute in Melbourne. I guess that is a problem common to all LINO State governments.

  14. .

    This is absolutely shocking. The states won’t use the police to stop bikies extorting builders or deep greens and communists trespassing family farms and endangering workers and children.

    I ask why Abbott hasn’t deployed the AFP to prevent abuses of human rights?

  15. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    This is unbelievable harassment. Illegality rules.

    The police have gone missing on this? Fatty O’B, do your job. Immediately.
    Charges can and must be laid, and protection offered, to the full extent of the law.

  16. Grigory M

    the Shut the Gate protest movement

    Judith – it’s the Lock the Gate Alliance. Shut the Gate is different – google it and you’ll see.

  17. C.L.

    Communist greenie Alan Jones is preponderantly responsible for this Luddite movement.

  18. Dianeh

    Common criminals. I’m sure the farmer has already called the police on numerous occasions. Hopefully, he has also called his MP, the police minister and big Fatty himself.

    I would highly recommend calling a lawyer and restraining orders.

    And if all else fails, call on the neighbours and townsfolk to take turns watching, videoing and opposing the criminals.

    If the greenies want a war, then I say, give it to them.

  19. Interesting point I brought up a year or so ago – the CWA is backing the Greens on this. See how it works? White ant the enemy and use their reputation. Doesn’t matter if the CWA crumbles after it’s been sucked dry, the Greens get what they want with the appearance of the support of the community.

  20. .

    Grigory M
    #1249146, posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:00 am
    the Shut the Gate protest movement

    Judith – it’s the Lock the Gate Alliance. Shut the Gate is different – google it and you’ll see.

    I bet London to a brick that many of the protesters are the same.

    I would highly recommend calling a lawyer and restraining orders.

    And if all else fails, call on the neighbours and townsfolk to take turns watching, videoing and opposing the criminals.

    Probably their best option. Unfortunately, NSW got rid of private prosecutions. If the government doesn’t want to enforce criminal law on your behalf, it simply won’t happen.

  21. Token

    This is unbelievable harassment. Illegality rules.

    One would’ve thought those god fearing farmers would’ve remembered the warnings about the risk of “Dancing with the Devil”.

    To be honest, they would not have been forced to get into bed with the Greens if there was better legal support for the farmers when they were seeking to understand the complex issues in the contracts the mining companies present (with hard close off dates).

  22. .

    Winston Smith
    #1249152, posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:05 am
    Interesting point I brought up a year or so ago – the CWA is backing the Greens on this. See how it works? White ant the enemy and use their reputation. Doesn’t matter if the CWA crumbles after it’s been sucked dry, the Greens get what they want with the appearance of the support of the community.

    Bloody idiots. They will rue the day. The greens oppose ALL primary industry. Divide and conquer.

  23. Mayan

    We cannot become a ­nation of social workers and clients of social workers.

    Love it; a minister channeling FU.

  24. Token

    Communist greenie Alan Jones is preponderantly responsible for this Luddite movement.

    Though AJ is tiresome, he does continue to raise important points which – if addressed – would not see the farmers fall for the tricks by the greenfilth & their money from those gigantic endowments which are not restricted by foreign donation laws.

  25. C.L.

    I’d like to see them try this in Texas.

  26. Token

    Bloody idiots. They will rue the day. The greens oppose ALL primary industry. Divide and conquer.

    FFS, the point of having the National Party seperate from the Liberals is provide the flexibility in party structures to address these issues.

    When they f**k up they allow the Windsor & Oakeshott Green/Left “Independent” rise.

    Why are they not working through this to ensure the best outcomes for the miners while ensuring any valid concern by the farmers are addressed?

  27. Tom

    Alan Jones has a lot to answer for in this matter.

    Correct.

    As well as his spineless jellybacked toy Fatty O’Barrell, who will limp back into oblivion in 2015 or 2019, having squandered more political than any other state premier in the history of Australian politics by doing nothing but suckholing his political enemies.

  28. Infidel Tiger

    Where’s Ainsworth the Pokie Bloke? You’ve been funding this haven’t you?

    Is this true? We need a counter protest that puts divestment pressure on all pokies operators. What a prick. As for for that fat homo Jones, he should be dumped at sea in a plastic bag.

  29. twostix

    “Lock the gate” was never a “grass roots” organisation. This has been covered here many times and we’ve even had LTG shills come here and start up:

    From 2012:

    Peter Firminger of Lock The Gate and about half a dozen of them flooded a thread about CSG, they came here and started crowing and accusing us of being paid shills.

    Turned out he’s your typical ABC ex-employee, ex APS tree change wanker:

    Peter (Freddie) Firmfinger is not a a salt of the earth farmer type but a lunatic fascist Geeen activist posing as one.

    His resume reads like a an Inner City Greenie with lots of “chair positions” on various arts and “action groups” with a couple of decades in the ABC and APS:

    Vice-Chair
    Wollombi Valley Against Gas Extraction Inc
    Committee Member Valley Artists
    Public Officer Greater Wollombi Communities Alliance Inc
    Public Officer and Treasurer Web Industry Proffessionals Association Incorporated
    Committee Member Wollombi Valley Arts Council Inc
    Co-Chair Web Standards Group
    Director Web Essentials Pty Ltd
    Web Manager Australian Museum
    Production Director ABC Radio (2BL 702)

    LOL @ those clever country types who have allowed themselves to be used. These would be the same types that gave us Tony Windsor & Rob Oakeshotte mind.

  30. twostix

    Also there was this analysis of the minutes of one of the Lock the Gates meetings:

    I’m not convinced there’s too many actual farmers in Lock The Gate:

    Lock The Gate is nothing but a meta front group for every hard green-left Activist group and the Greens Party.

    That is clear.

    No farmer who went to a Lock The Gate meeting would sit through two (two!) “Welcome To Country” ceremonies.

    Nor would they sit in a group with the following groups also being “represented”:

    CONOS (Conservation of North Ocean Shores), Northern Rivers Guardians,
    Keerong Concerned Citizens, Gold Coast,
    Barrington Gloucester Stratford Preservation Alliance,
    Rising Tide Newcastle,
    Tweed Climate Clime Action Now,
    Keerrong Gas Squad,
    Hunter Valley Protection Alliance,
    Raise Awareness Collective,
    Sydney Residents Against CSG,
    Nimbin, Friends of the Earth Brisbane,
    Rural & Regional Greens QLD,

    Half these groups protest farmers!

    This is Lock The Gate, allegedly a “Grass roots” uprising of farmers against Coal Seam Gas.

    Like Gun Control Australia, The Pedestrian Council, etc Lock the Gate is a cynical leftist front group.

  31. Dorothy

    And Alan Jones supports this band of thugs and someone needs make him answer to his crusade against CSG as he is disingenuous in his arguments and that’s putting it politely! I hope more journalists get on to this. Phelim McAleer has been doing a sterling job on this , and exposing the falsehoods in the film Gasland which AJ recommend as being a factual film that we should all watch

  32. Sir Fred Lenin

    I propose building a railway from Glacstone Qld. , to Port Hedland ,WA using nemployed greens,rudds Reffos,all 50,000 of them,and jailbirds ,including alp,union and law trade crooks. The construction will be by hand,using picks and shovels,no machines ,just blasting any rock encountered,spoil will be removed in baskets. The Wukkas will be fed morning and night,working hours ,daylight till dark ,seven days a week and they get to work an extra day each leap year,no salaries just food ,and 1 visitor a year for 10 minutes,no lawyers of course ,except for the inmate ones .when that project is finished ,they start on the Bunbury WA to Cairns ,Qld line ,keep em busy I say!

  33. Baldrick

    The mission of the Lock the Gate Alliance is to protect Australia’s natural, environmental, cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining and to educate and empower all Australians to demand sustainable solutions to food and energy production.

    So this movement is not really about protecting farmers and valuable farmland … it’s about sustainable solution to food/energy production. It’s actually green-filth in disguise.

  34. Dan

    And if all else fails, call on the neighbours and townsfolk to take turns watching, videoing and opposing the criminals.

    I could be wrong but can the farmer and agents not legally remove these people using reasonable force?
    Does casino sell anything I might need? I’m happy to buy ten.

  35. Pickles

    Is Feddie Firmfinger any relation to Rona Rottenbox?

  36. Baldrick

    Latest news from the Keerrong Gas Squad:

    Members of the Keerrong Gas Squad have signed a treaty with Knaraakwal Elder Harry Boyd.
    Harry presented the group with a copy of a hand drawn map showing the connectivity of Australia’s underground aquifer system, passed down to him from his ancestors.
    In return for this, the signatories have vowed to continue their fight to protect water and underground aquifers locally and nationally.

    Says it all really!

  37. wazsah

    Several photos here
    http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/03/31/3974964.htm
    Hands up those who think a new Minister should be given a go.

  38. Empire Strikes Back

    Unfortunately, NSW got rid of private prosecutions. If the government doesn’t want to enforce criminal law on your behalf, it simply won’t happen.

    So what’s the point in having a state if it cannot fulfil its primary purpose of upholding rule of law and enforcing property rights?

    The Blue Shirts. It’s time. I have a balaclava, a 50s era heavy forged crowbar and a few days leave up my sleeve. Who’s in?

  39. Riverina Matt

    While Lock the Gate is no doubt a leftist front, there are plenty of useful idiot landholders etc. in rural Australia happy enough to follow their lead. Of course many of them – like the fat lezzo from Tamworth – are hypocrites, happy to posture as anti-mining and willing to take their cash

    Anti-mining exploration is a live issue in rural NSW – and not only by Greens. There are some genuine concerns held by rural communities in areas affected by mining – landholders rights, concern about aquifers, impact of FIFO workers, miners pricing locals out of the property market etc. I am not sure the balance is right between exploration and extraction rights and the rights of landholders especially.

    However there is a legal process to follow and rural communities opposed to lawful actions shouldn’t take the law into their own hands. The bigger risk for rural communities is that while they may be aligned with the green movement on this issue, the greens will sell them down the river soon enough. Water entitlements, animal welfare, national parks etc.

    IMO rural Australia should never, ever, ever work with the greens. Give the greens an inch and they will take a mile.

  40. Toiling Mass

    I suppose we have to look at this from O’Farrel’s perspective.

    He has to be wary of creating the impression that, just because people own something, it is at their disposal. Heaven forfend!

    And further, if he enforces the law this time, people might expect it all the time.

    After all, it is only the police, the lawcourts, legislation, and hundreds of years of a tradition of property rights agains a ragtag handful of unbathed tree-knot-hole shagging, entitled welfare hoovers. How could he hope to win?

  41. lotocoti

    Alan Jones has a lot to answer for in this matter.

    Absolutely.
    Hopefully his reliance upon that special friend and serial electoral (and QLD Land Court) failure, Drew Hutton, will eventually trip him up.

  42. Empire Strikes Back

    Is Feddie Firmfinger any relation to Rona Rottenbox?

    Nah, you’re thinking of Timo Turbotung.

  43. stackja

    Under Australian law, underground resources are owned by the crown and landholders were obliged to provide access to coal seam gas companies, whether they wanted to or not.

    Change the law and give owners part of the action.

  44. twostix

    IMO rural Australia should never, ever, ever work with the greens. Give the greens an inch and they will take a mile.

    After what the greenies (as they were then called), the green-left, and the green-left bureaucracy did to farmers in the late ’80′s – 90′s re vegetation acts, child labour laws attempting to ban kids helping out on the farm, attempts at death taxes, animal “rights” campaigns, etc, that farmers are now hopping on the same peoples (literally the same people in some cases) back to ride across this river, actually it’s not even a river more like a creek, really doesn’t speak volumes to the stellar political intellect of rural folk at the moment.

  45. lotocoti

    Change the law and give owners part of the action.

    It’s my understanding this already happens in parts of NSW where the land holder has held ownership before the relevant Act was gazetted.
    It’s also my understanding that in QLD, the land holder is paid fees based upon the State’s valuation of the lands effected.
    There is nothing preventing the landholder (other than the cost) from negotiating higher payments from the mining company.
    The LtG crowd aren’t fond of those who have gone to that trouble and now winter in the Bahamas.

  46. JC

    If the cops take no action and they were picketing my gate, I’d run them over. I wouldn’t stop either.

    As CL suggested try that shit in Texas and you’d end up with at least two holes in your body…. Bullet entry and then exit.

  47. John Comnenus

    Not enforcing the law only encourages further and more serious criminality. Research shows this is a well established correlation.
    Enforce the bloody law first and the enact a law giving land owners the right to control movement on their property. Then farmers could open or lock the gate to their hearts are content.
    As for farmers – they are stupid if they can’t see through the front group to see what the Greens really want. But then again they keep voting in ‘independents’ who end up being Lefty scum.

  48. Infidel Tiger

    If the farmer wants the cops there he should report someone driving 5kmh over the speed limit. They’ll send a swat team.

  49. .

    Anti-mining exploration is a live issue in rural NSW – and not only by Greens. There are some genuine concerns held by rural communities in areas affected by mining – landholders rights, concern about aquifers, impact of FIFO workers, miners pricing locals out of the property market etc. I am not sure the balance is right between exploration and extraction rights and the rights of landholders especially.

    The right balance is as much forestry, mining, agriculture, oil and gas extraction and light and heavy industry as investors are willing to stump up.

    You don’t get rich by handicapping your own racehorse and then dumping the payroll on it.

  50. Shauno

    Guys from what I understand this is nothing to do with Coal Seam Gas. It is standard gas exploration nothing to to do with fracking etc.

  51. Shauno

    Which I might add makes this blockade even more ridiculous than it already is.

  52. Supplice

    Correct Shauno, and the protesters are cognisant of this fact. They simply don’t care.

  53. duncanm

    I€’d like to see them try this in Texas.

    Surely the farmer has a vermin problem – concentrating just inside his front gate – that he needs to attend to?

  54. Dave Wane

    Given that it is likely that most of these horrible protestors are either on the dole or in some other way bludging off the taxpayer, it may be a good time to ask why the dole bludgers are not looking for work; and if they are not looking for work, for their dole to be terminated. As for those feeding at the public trough by way of unnecessary Claytons public service jobs, surely they should be sacked? Victimisation? Sure! But given the financial catastrophe caused by the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd all savings should be on the table.

  55. adrian

    AJ has a lot to answer for.

  56. tomix

    The Courts policy of ordering “community service” may have had the effect of introducing a petty criminal underclass to the green commissars.

  57. twostix

    AJ has a lot to answer for.

    Doesn’t he own a large hobby horse farm out in the coal rich Hunter Valley? I thought that was the reason for his Jihad.

    He should be arguing for property rights if he’s worried about the state letting people onto his land – not pumping up the communist Greens who would like to see him thrown in gaol.

  58. entropy

    I have a theory that MetGasco is a santos/origin false flag that has the short straw of the northern rivers for its exploration permit. Its purpose is to look like it is doing serious exploration, but really it is to keep the old hippies, mungbean munchers and other assorted freaks busy while the real work gets down west of the divide.

  59. keep the old hippies, mungbean munchers and other assorted freaks busy while the real work gets down west of the divide.

    Yeah! Coz west of the divide is so hot & dusty man, so much harder to obtain weed, further from pubs & things, chapped lips, dry skin, & ATM (for drawing dole) is so much further away.

  60. entropy

    Plus west of the divide is populated by workers, Steve. But my point is that if they are going to protest anyway, better to keep them busy nearer to home (eg Nimbin) that where the real gas development work is being done.

  61. twostix

    I have a theory that MetGasco is a santos/origin false flag that has the short straw of the northern rivers for its exploration permit. Its purpose is to look like it is doing serious exploration, but really it is to keep the old hippies, mungbean munchers and other assorted freaks busy while the real work gets down west of the divide.

    That would be epic if it was the case.

  62. MT Isa Miner

    the greenies want a war, then I say, give it to them.

    Winston Smith

    #1249152, posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Interesting point I brought up a year or so ago – the CWA is backing the Greens on this. See how it works? White ant the enemy and use their reputation. Doesn’t matter if the CWA crumbles after it’s been sucked dry, the Greens get what they want with the appearance of the support of the community.

    I was f8cked to find out this was the case a couple of years ago. The rural organisations are being played for suckers because they don’t have the time to read the Cat and the women want to be “nice” . FM How will we ever stop the green socialists because like rust they get in every crack ?

    Don’t start me on Drew Hutton either.

    Empire Strikes Back

    #1249225, posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Unfortunately, NSW got rid of private prosecutions. If the government doesn’t want to enforce criminal law on your behalf, it simply won’t happen.

    So what’s the point in having a state if it cannot fulfil its primary purpose of upholding rule of law and enforcing property rights?

    The Blue Shirts. It’s time. I have a balaclava, a 50s era heavy forged crowbar and a few days leave up my sleeve. Who’s in?

    The balaclava’s too hot and fluffy. I’ve got some spare motorbike helmets and I’ll see you that crowbar which I inherited from my father. and raise you my BIL’s new Wiltonbash sledge hammer .

  63. incoherent rambler

    the greenies want a war, then I say, give it to them.

    Don’t joke. The history I have studied leads me to think that the primary ingredients for war are; zealotry, bigotry, irrational (not based on reason) decision making, no rule of law, abuse of property rights, abuse of privilege and poverty helps.
    The greens carry most of this list with them. You cannot fight them with reason or rule of law. That leaves …

    Extremism begets extremism.

  64. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    I have a solution. It involves bullets.

    On second thoughts, it might not be precisely legal….

  65. Rob MW

    These ‘Lock the Gate’ fuckwits, including the farmers and landowners who have joined and advanced this cause (and they know who they are), have as a consequence of their actions, done more to destroy freehold property rights than what the rabid commie environmentalists could have ever hoped for.

    Simply a loathsome lot of pricks.

  66. Rebecca

    Don’t believe everything you read people. This is a load of rubbish. Peter Graham has full access to his property and if the decisions he makes about allowing gas mining on his land affected him alone then there would be no protest here. The major issue is our underground water table and the chemicals that will wind up in our drinking water and in our food supply- not just from this well but from the many they plan to follow this with. This industry is not safe- as independent research has increasingly proven. The only documents or ‘science’ supporting its viability come from the industry itself. As for this being a bunch of unemployed hippie activists- think again. This is a region in distress. We are the ones under siege. 10 000 of us marched through the streets of Lismore 2 years ago saying we do not want this industry. 87% of us answered a question with our votes saying no, we do not want this here. There are people from all walks of life and political persuasions who have taken time of f work and away from their families to try to stop this. There are businesses in the towns sending supplies and collecting donations to keep this happening. Our RFS volunteers, disgusted that their base is being used to organise the forces against us have refused to cooperate and come to stand with us. We are not the lunatic fringe. We have been to the Queensland gasfields. We have been to Tara. We have seen what the people are living with and suffering through up there and we do not want this in our lush, green beautiful region which provides the food for many of your tables. This industry is being pushed through without proper regulation to bring in dollars. Dollars won’t buy back our land or the health of our children.

  67. Keries

    Spare a moment to think about his neighbour who will have the proposed well located 150 metres from his bondary. What does he get? No money but all the problems associated with a gas well. What rights does he have? None.

  68. Leroy Brown

    I’d like to see how you city folk would
    react to a gas operation in your backyards.
    I’m no hippy or extreme leftist, but I sure
    as hell don’t want our waterways and land
    polluted.
    You want to see what’s
    really going on at the camp? Get in your cars
    and take a drive to Bentley.
    Don’t rely on some city journo to inform you.
    Get off your arses and go find out for yourselves.
    Then maybe you can comment on the situation.
    And yes, I have a job.

  69. Laurence Axtens

    Sadly Miranda, the fugitive methane released by fracking, and that is what is required in the loose sands drilling at Peter Graham’s property, knows nothing about property boundaries. Neither does the mega litres of chemical laden salt water produced by unconventional gas drilling.
    87% of the population of the Lismore city council voted against unconventional gas as recently as last year. That included virtually every one of Peter’s neighbours. Who have all welcomed and joined with over 3000 protesters in an attempt to halt a industry which is completely incompatible with farming.
    Ethical journalists are required to interview both sides of a debate. They allow accused people to defend themselves. You do neither. But that’s right, your not a journalist, you are a columnist, an agent provocateur, a propagandist and in that you have done well.

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