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Gasfield Free Byron Bay & Northern Rivers

Carrying on the activism from the huge community project of resisting the government backed mining insanity at Bentley NSW in 2015. This page includes posts from 2 FB pages: CSG Free Byron Bay & CSG Free Northern Rivers. – – – The aim of the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers movement is to protect the biodiversity, water resources, agricultural lands and sustainable industries of the Northern Rivers, and the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people who live here, from the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) and other forms of unconventional gas mining. Our objective is to have the Northern Rivers region declared a CSG and unconventional gas free zone, and for all current licenses and leases that allow such activities to be revoked.

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Metgasco seismic testing at Casino Channel 7 report. 

(recorded from TV because not streamed online sorry)

Henderson likens seismic testing to ultrasound in a maternity ward.

How very warm and fuzzy of Mr Henderson. 

Pity the analogy doesn't hold up for the toxic water and gases that come out of a coal seam gas well!

Metgasco seismic testing at Casino Channel 7 repor...

Want to be inspired and uplifted? Watch this great video of the #BentleyBlockade singing the Bentley song this morning after the announcement that the Metgasco license had been suspended #lockthegate #csg

Want to be inspired and uplifted? Watch this great...

Rock Valley Alert - HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH? Throughout our country large and small mining companies are pushing our farmers to the brink and beyond. How angry are you about that?
 Take the #enoughisenough test.
 If your level of anger is:
 1: WATCH this video and LIKE this post to help spread the word!
 2: + SHARE this post to really get it out there!
 3. + COMMENT below for more coverage!
 4: + DONATE or VOLUNTEER to help us defend our home!
 5. + EMAIL your Member for Parliament with a POLITE message asking them to do whatever it takes to stop gasfields! Thomas George: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au Chris Gulaptis: clarence@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Have you had enough yet?

You can add your name to our alert list and donate from this link: gasfieldfreenorthernrivers.org/alert

You can volunteer at this link: http://csgfreenorthernrivers.org/actionalerts/current-actions/volunteering/

Enough is Enough!

Rock Valley Alert

HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH? Throughout our country large ...

Rock Valley V Metgasco meeting - INSPIRATIONAL WORDS - Hundreds of people turned up at the Rock Valley Hall meeting in opposition to Metgasco. This is a snippet of the action, with Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell addressing the large crowd. Check it out and please Share and Like!

Can you  donate for the defence of Rock Valley and the Northern Rivers? Add your name to the alert list and donate here: http://csgfreenorthernrivers.org//alert

Rock Valley V Metgasco meeting

INSPIRATIONAL WORDS - Hundreds of people turned up...

Take the money and run - SOME ADVICE FOR SHAREHOLDERS - The Northern RIvers community has some advice for the Metgasco shareholders regarding the Government buyout offer... - Please Share.

Take the money and run

SOME ADVICE FOR SHAREHOLDERS - The Northern RIvers...

Switch to Enova Energy. Community-owned power to your home - All over rural NSW, people are switching to EnovaEnergy, a fantastic community-owned ethical energy company. It's easy to switch. If you haven't done it yet, do it today! Call 02 56221700.

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Are you fed up with big coal and gas threatening communities across NSW? This state election it’s #Time2Choose clean energy, healthy farmlands and communities. Come to a fun night of Trivia on Friday, 14th of September and learn more about what we can do together! Register: www.lockthegate.org.au/_time2choose_trivia

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Are you fed up with big coal and gas threatening people right across NSW? This state election, it’s #Time2Choose clean energy, healthy farmlands, waterways and communities. We have an opportunity to do something here! Come along to a fun evening of Trivia on Friday, September 14th 6-9pm at the Lismore Workers Club, and learn more about what we can do locally. Register here: www.lockthegate.org.au/_time2choose_trivia

Are you fed up with big coal and gas threatening p...

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We are at the Car Boot market today supporting our friends in the North West of NSW. Pop in and sign the petition to Protect the Pilliga and surrounds from dirty coal seam gas!
It’s time for Origin Energy’s brand of ‘good energy’ to be challenged and expose their plans for fracking across the NT. Will you take the pledge to help us stop Origin fracking the NT?

 https://www.lockthegate.org.au/stop_origin_nt
From Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network:

CALL TO ACTION: Origin Energy are rushing ahead with their dangerous plans for fracking the NT! Will you stand with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community leaders who have travelled 1000s of kilometres to confront Origin at their AGM tomorrow?

Take a photo with as many people as possible (or even just yourself!) with the message: Origin Energy, Don’t Frack the NT! Post it on social media, tag @Origin Energy and use the hashtag #DontFrackTheNT 

Together we can create a social media storm to show support for all the mob across the NT fighting fracking and send Origin a message that we won’t let them get away with destroying country, water and the climate.
If you would like to wear one of these around town today for Election Day - get in touch with Maddy 0497274080!
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Authorised by Tess King for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, Lismore NSW.
Pix of today’s climate crisis rally in Lismore from Andrya Hart. You might see yourself in these (they can be downloaded from Flickr) 😎
https://www.flickr.com/photos/andryahart/albums/72157707029134561/with/33945451348/
Sinopec Fracking In China Turns Deadly - (from 2014 but rarely discussed).

A deadly explosion in Jiaoshizhen, Sichuan province, has raised concerns about the risks involved in hydraulic fracking in China. The explosion occurred at a facility operated by Sinopec - one of China's biggest oil and gas companies - that is being advised by Breitling Energy, a Dallas-based company.

China, which recently became the world's largest producer of greenhouse gases, is trying to diversify into natural gas production as a new source of energy, especially as much of its energy is produced from burning low-grade coal, which has also exacerbated urban pollution.

The latest technology that China is experimenting with to extract natural gas is horizontal fracking - the process of drilling and injecting water and chemicals into the ground at high pressure in order to shatter underground rock formations to help release trapped oil and gas. First invented in the U.S., horizontal fracking has sparked a boom in energy production, helping boost U.S. output by over 50 percent in the last five years to 7.4 million barrels a day. 

Fracking may come at a difficult price for China as its unique geology of twisted and folded faults makes underground drilling two to three times deeper than required in the U.S.  "There is no guarantee that the technology will be suitable for China," Tao Wang, scholar at Beijing's Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, told Public Radio International. 

China's State Council - the chief administrative authority in the country - issued a call in October 2013 for industry to produce 6.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from underground shale formations by 2015. The Jiaoshizhen facility, which is situated in a small remote mountain valley in western China, is one of the first such projects. 

A New York Times account of the Jiaoshizhen incident described villagers being awoken by a large explosion boom last April to witness a "tower of flames" approximately 100 feet high at one of the oilrigs. 

Eight Sinopec employees were allegedly killed in the explosion, according to interviews conducted by the Times in August 2013 and February of this year. Villagers told the newspaper that the explosion had created an all-encompassing foul smell around the village and that diesel run-off from drilling sites were polluting local streams.  The drilling "makes so much noise and the water that comes down the mountain has become so much dirtier to drink; now it smells of diesel," Tian Shiao Yung, a local farmer, said. 

Li Chunguang, president of Sinopec, denied the incident in an interview with the New York Times last month. "There is no basis for this," he said.

Sinopec is being advised on fracking by Breitling Energy, a Texas company, that has been aggressively promoting the technology around the world. "They (China) want to have other avenues of natural gas and oil coming into the country, as they know their economy hinges on it," Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling told World Finance magazine. "China wants energy security and I think that that is what we need to think about when countries are looking at shale gas development," said Faulkner in an interview with World Finance. 

After news of the Jiaoshizhen incident broke, Faulkner now claims that China is unwilling to discuss the long-term environmental and health impacts of fracking with him. 

However, just four months ago, Faulkner dismissed any environmental or health concerns connected to fracking in a commentary piece he wrote for the Guardian newspaper in December. 

"The opposition to fracking is a product of scientific misunderstanding - or worse, an agenda put forward by supposed environmental advocates who stand to profit if natural gas never lives up to its full potential," wrote Faulkner. 

Activists, on the other hand, says that fracking poses grave risks to the environment particularly to ground water which can be contaminated by the toxic liquids pumped into the ground. "The rapid expansion of shale gas development and fracking in the US has resulted in significant environmental and public health problems, and become an ongoing public health and environmental experiment," writes Food and Water Watch in "Fracking: A New Global Water Crisis Report." "Many of these problems are inherent to the practice and cannot be avoided through regulation." 

Indeed some Chinese government reports have drawn attention to the risks of drilling for shale in a country where 40 percent of the rivers are highly contaminated and 300 million people lack access to safe drinking water. "Most of the nation's shale gas lies in areas plagued by water shortages," the 2013 Report on China's economic energy states. 

Even though Sinopec denied the Jiaoshizhen explosion took place, it has acknowledged the dangers of excessive water use. "Drillers need ten times more water to extract natural gas from underground shale formations," said Bao Shunjing, deputy director of Sinopec, "than to pump equivalent amount of oil and gas from conventional wells." 

Published by CorpWatch Blog | By Fatima Hansia | Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tags: Environment, Human Rights
Last week, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers members demanded Origin Energy abandon its plans to frack the Northern Territory during a Southern Cross University alternative fuels event.

“It’s important to highlight the dodgy plans Origin Energy has to frack the Northern Territory, without the consent of traditional owners and the community at a time when the planet is facing a climate crisis,” said Philippa Cutter from Gasfield Free Northern Rivers.

Can you chip in to support the campaign to stop Origin's dirty fracking plans? https://www.lockthegate.org.au/frack_2019

Read the media release here: https://www.lockthegate.org.au/origin_told_to_ditch_dodgy_nt_fracking_plans_at_northern_nsw_energy_event
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