Following Metgasco’s court action against the NSW Govt. challenging their licence suspension, the Govt. is reviewing the suspension & will make a decision by June 25th.
URGENT ACTIONS ARE NEEDED THIS WEEK- Please take action today to help keep our region gasfield free!
1. CALLING POLITICIANS:
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th June:
Now is the time to CALL and EMAIL the Premier, the Resources Minister and your local MP to let them know that the suspension should be maintained and even more importantly, that the licence should be cancelled! (Scroll down for points you may like to make when you call/email)
Premier Mike Baird (02) 9228 5239 / http://www.premier.nsw.gov.au/
Minister Anthony Roberts (02) 9228 5289 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas George, MP (02) 6621 3624 / email@example.com
Christopher Gulaptis, MP (02) 6643 1244 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Page, MP (02) 6686 7522 / email@example.com
Geoff Provest, MP (07) 5523 4816 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2. SNAP ACTION AT NORTH COAST MP’S OFFICES:
Tuesday 24th June 12 Noon:
Join your local community at your State MP’s electoral office on Tuesday at 12 noon to deliver a letter calling for Metgasco’s licence to be cancelled. Signed by community members attending the Big Breakfast at Bentley on Monday 23rd, the same letter will be hand delivered to the Premier and the Resources Minister by Bentley landholders this week. Please BRING banners and signs and remember peaceful action at all times.
Thomas George, MP Christopher Gulaptis, MP
55 Carrington Street LISMORE 11 Prince Street GRAFTON
Donald Page, MP Geoff Provest, MP
Shop 1, 7 Moon Street, BALLINA 103 Minjungbal Drive, TWEED HEADS SOUTH
Points you may like to make when you call/email
1. Whilst Metgasco may argue over the way the suspension was implemented, the suspension itself is totally justified due to Metgasco’s failure to adhere to the community consultation guidelines required under its licence conditions.
2. Metgasco have repeatedly failed to genuinely and effectively consult and engage with the community, both at Bentley and at other drill sites across the region. Some of these failures include: considering basic ‘notification’ to constitute proper consultation; refusing to acknowledge any negative impacts from unconventional gas drilling; failing to consult/engage with all affected stakeholders and community groups; being dismissive of community concerns about their activities; continuously denying the level of community opposition; & demonizing community members as extremists and radicals.
3. Metgasco’s failure to undertake effective consultation, in addition to its many other operational failures, provides the government with ample justification to not only suspend the licence, but to cancel it outright.
4. Only licence cancellation will adequately address the overwhelming community opposition to gasfield industrialisation of the Northern Rivers region and resolve the ongoing conflict on this issue.
5. Add your personal details about who you are and the reasons why you don’t want your region turned into industrial gasfields.