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Protect your water and property from the ravages of Coal Seam Gas mining

Ignore the NSW Liberal/National Party policies that will put you in jail for seven years if you protest against any mining activity even on your own freehold land(Deed of Grant in fee simple). This policy of the NSW Liberal/National Party Corporation only applies to a ‘’thing’. Their corporate policies are gender neutral and do not apply to a living human being. Toss out the NSW party duopoly at the election and replace them with independents and smaller parties. It is working extremely well in Queensland where two Katters Australia Party members and an independent control the excesses of the Labor Government. Bob Katter is the only Australian politician who has ever stood up to the foreign owned CSG mining companies. He has a bill on the table in Federal Parliament for an immediate moratorium on CSG, awaiting support from other members. Unfortunately the CSG companies own the Australian Liberal/National Party, ‘lock, stock and barrel.’ Do not be misled by the lies of the Labor Party. They too wholly support CSG companies, particularly in Queensland where it is a policy platform. The Greens have been in the senate for a decade or more and have not introduced a bill to stop CSG. They too are false prophets with their noses in the trough.

 

Local Communities Fight Back!

A social movement is sweeping the nation.

Communities are coming together to fight for their way of life and protect their health, their environment and their future…

And they’re having FUN!

 

All around Australia people are getting involved in the fight against gas mining at the local level. Some communities are even achieving big wins against these mining giants!

People are going door to door and surveying their own communities in a grassroots democracy process. More than 360 communities have declared themselves Gasfield Free. They’re not waiting for their governments, they’re doing it for themselves!

And don’t believe for a moment that this only applies to rural communities – Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment is also under coal and gas licenses. Nothing is safe.

So – do you know what could happen to your local community?

 

I hope to see you at future events.

Thanks for standing with us,

Annie Kia – Community Engagement Coordinator

p.s. We can’t do this alone – we’d love to have your help!

Lock the Gate Alliance · PO Box 6285, Sth Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
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AGL gas company, the LNP’s major financial backer pulls out of Australia

CSG opponents claim a scalp, but battle far from over, says Katter

6 February 2016:   Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said today that coal seam gas opponents had claimed a ‘scalp’ in their ongoing war against CSG – as AGL Energy this week made a decision to cease its coal seam gas operations in Australia.

Mr Katter paid tribute to the tireless individuals who had fought against coal seam gas projects – from radio personalities, to Lock the Gate, to farmers, to knitting Nannas – but said the battle was far from over.

“Just this week I had a meeting with Dr David Pascoe and his wife Heather about this very issue – as early as four or five years ago they told me the issue of coal seam gas was so serious and so frightening it had the potential to redefine the political landscape of Australia.

“So we pay tribute to all of these people in having a very small win, but a win nonetheless.

bob-katter-001“The CSG industry has treated land owners – and I don’t just mean farmers – but land owners of Queensland with absolute contempt.

“They have jeopardised the water supply for vast areas of Queensland – and all for an industry that does not give two bob to the Australian economy.

“We have always been proudly a mining state but coal seam gas has, and is, seriously damaging the mining industry.

“When the construction and development phase is over the industry comes back to 2500 jobs, and almost its entire $25,000 million a year income will then line the pockets of rich foreign CSG giants,” Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter has constantly warned of the potentially catastrophic social and economic costs of coal seam gas aquifer drilling which threatens to contaminate our waters and the lifeblood of Australia’s agricultural industries.

In 2013 Mr Katter introduced laws to place a temporary suspension on aquifer drilling for coal seam gas extraction.

Lock The Gate and residents campaign a win for NSW and Gloucester 

Many people in the Gloucester community had been campaigning for years to stop the proposed 330-well development AGL had proposed.

The green Gloucester Valley landscape

Panoramic view of Gloucester to be riddled with 300 CSG wells now defunct

Gloucester Mayor John Rosenbaum said he believed the company had made the right decision.

“Our community overwhelmingly will be ecstatic about this,” he said.

“The uncertainty around this industry has always been frightening to us.”

AGL had previously said its Gloucester Gas Project had the potential to supply more than 15 per cent of NSW’s gas needs.

It was proposing up to 110 gas wells and associated infrastructure for the first stage of its gas field development, and a 15 megawatt gas-fired electricity plant.  ABC News

 

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Lock The Gate member celebrate ALG withdrawal

 

 

Nanna’s Come Marching Home

knitting-nanasWe Made It – Nannas Come Marching Home after 1,005.5 Kilometer Walk to the Tip of Cape York The 12 Knitting Nannas Against Gas/Greed who left Cairns on 17 June 2015 to walk 1000 kilometers between Cairns and the tip of Cape York (Pajinka) on the Nanna Dreaming Project, exceeded their target by 5.5 kilometers, despite five Nannas returning home early, support vehicle trouble at Moreton and Laura, heat, dust and exhaustion.

Nine of the Nannas from Gloucester and Lismore in New South Wales, and Brisbane, Cairns and Daintree in Queensland, will reunite this morning at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Trinity Wharf at 9.30 – 10.00 am to celebrate the successful conclusion of the walk.

SpokesNanna for the group, Nanna Purl Stockingstitch (aka MaryBeth Gundrum) said that the support from Cape York residents and tourists was consistently good.

Nanna Purl said “The support along the way was absolutely amazing – the Nannas were assisted by two bush mechanics to fix ‘Canhardly’ an older four wheel drive that limped into Lakeland on Saturday after major mechanical problems at Moreton and Laura on Cape York, and people who gave donations of food and fuel to help the Nannas reach the top of Australia.” “We thought we might meet some people who would not like our mission, but even CSG mine workers talked to the Nannas about the negative impacts on communities caused by unconventional coal seam gas mining”.

Highlights of the trip were meeting the weaving women of Cape York and First Nation people from all over Cape York at the Laura Dance Festival, a smoking ceremony by Traditional Owners, being walked off country by several groups of traditional owners and a Dingo Gorgeous (Coyote Ugly) performance dancing on tables at Coen which has gone viral on FaceBook.

“Some of the Nannas in their sixties and seventies have been pulling 20 to 25 kilometers a day, without a single day off since we left Laura – they are incredible and should be lauded as national heroes.” Nanna Purl said.

The Nannas were joined by two documentary makers, Dan Hodgson from Cooktown and ‘Celestial Serpent’ (Mathew Marsh) from Byron Bay on the journey and are now trying to raise funds through crowd sourcing to complete the documentary which will be free to air as soon as they have raised enough funds to complete the Nanna Dreaming Project documentary.

People can support the project at – www.planetfunder.org/projects/Nanna-Dreamin

Coal Seam Gas production has been dealt a mortal blow

LNG returns wiped out for State Government

from the Maritime Executive

Over a dozen liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are parked, many idle, in and around Singapore – one of the world’s biggest trading hubs for the fuel – in a sign that the slowdown engulfing world gas markets may be worsening into a crisis.

With Asian spot LNG prices down by almost two-thirds since February 2014 as slowing demand combines with rising output, shipping companies are parking their tankers close to ports like Singapore where unused ships can be easily maintained and serviced until new orders come in.

Leading ship brokers estimate over one-tenth of the global fleet of 400 LNG tankers is currently unused because of slowing growth in Asia’s biggest economies. The impact just in Singapore suggests the problem could be worse.

“There are currently 30 to 40 (oil and gas) tankers sitting in Singapore, many without anything to do,” said Javier Moret, head of LNG origination at Germany’s biggest power producer RWE during a conference in Singapore this week.

According to shipping data on Thomson Reuters, seven tankers have been sitting idle off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia, for over two weeks, and another two ships have been anchored south of Batam, Indonesia, for several months. Half a dozen LNG tankers are in Singaporean docks.

The 15 ships have a combined capacity to carry 2.26 million cubic metres of LNG, about two weeks’ worth of Singapore’s gas demand.

For shipowners, idled tankers mean a loss of $60,000 in daily chartering fees per vessel. The gas these 15 tankers can carry would be worth over $200 million in current market terms.

Around a year ago, that amount of LNG would have been worth almost $600 million.

Singapore’s location between producers in the Middle East, Australia and the Atlantic basin and large consumers in Japan, South Korea and China means that most tankers stop by here to take on fuel or undergo repair and maintenance work.

At least partly triggered by the oil price crash, gas markets have seen an Asian price premium over Europe drop from over $10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) a year ago to a discount of over $1.50, making it unattractive to ship gas between the two regions and eroding tanker demand.

In Asia, LNG prices have fallen to around $6.90 per mmBtu from over $20/mmBtu a year ago. The benchmark British price, meanwhile, is around $8.50/mmBtu.

The crash in demand in Asia is so severe that some analysts say the future of the entire LNG industry may be impacted.

“The weakness in energy markets is threatening to derail LNG’s emergence as the pre-eminent energy source,” ANZ bank said this week in a research note.

TUMBLING TANKER RATES

Along with energy prices, tanker rates have also tumbled. British-based shipping services firm Clarkson says daily LNG charter rates have fallen from $90,000 in 2013 to $60,000 currently.

“Our view is that LNG freight rates will remain in the doldrums this year,” said Erik Stavseth, shipping analyst at Arctic Securities, adding that he only saw gradual improvement before 2018.

Traders said LNG tankers weren’t just being idled around Singapore, but that this was also an issue in the Atlantic basin where Europe’s economies struggle to return to growth.

The sharp fall in LNG prices and freight costs comes as slowing demand clashes with rising output.

Japan and South Korea, the world’s biggest LNG importers, have both reduced imports as their economies stutter.

An expected restart of Japanese nuclear power stations later this year following a shut-down in the wake of the reactor meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011 is expected to further pull down LNG demand.

With China’s economy growing at its lowest rate in over 20 years, imports there are also slowing, while at the same time as supplies are rising.

Australia’s LNG export capacity is set to more than triple to 86 million tons a year before 2020, putting it ahead of current leader Qatar which exports 77 million tons annually and U.S. expectations of selling 61.5 million tons per year by 2020.

Toowoomba CSG mining activist burgled, intimidated, no action from Qld Police

Senate inquiry into Beattie, Bligh and Newman Governments to follow the CSG money trail

01 October 2014: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today used Question Time to warn Parliament of criminal activity requiring investigation following the announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government, CSG mining and Galilee Basin coal mining approvals.

Mr Katter asked both a Question Without Notice, supplemented by a more detailed Question With Notice, to the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in relation to burglaries at the home of Heather Brown-Pascoe – a former newspaper columnist with The Australian and leading campaigner for the protection of prime farm land.

“Computers, laptops and filing cabinets of both Ms Heather Brown-Pascoe and her husband, containing material relating to government business and political figures, were potentially accessed and that property has been stolen and information purloined,” said Mr Katter.

“Are Ministers aware of any communications on the Heather Pascoe-Brown case and of any correspondence between Queensland Police and either State or Federal ministers on this matter.”

The Foreign Minister, representing the Attorney-General, told the House of Representatives that she would personally investigate this issue together with the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General.

Mr Katter’s more detailed Question with Notice, to the Attorney-General and Federal Minister for Justice, was also today listed on the House of Representatives Notice Paper.

Mr Katter said he hoped that the unanswered questions as well as the decision-making processes regarding the Galilee Basin would be addressed in the Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government – enabling the Senate to examine all workings of the Queensland Government.

“It is our contention that the Queensland Government has stalled decisions on who is awarded the tender to construct the railway line into the Galilee Basin, because of ‘hands in back pockets’ and political ‘argy bargy’. It is now our intention to put this in front of the Senate Inquiry.

“The Galilee Basin rail project is the greatest gift to anyone; whoever has the railway line has control of half of the coal coming out of the Queensland. This is the greatest gift ever rewarded by any Government in history; and circumstances under which the decision has been made need to come under the closest of scrutiny.

“Coal is our greatest asset outside of water; the Galilee Basin holds half of the nation’s entire coal reserves, which up to date have not been tapped. This is at the heart of the Inquiry,” Mr Katter said.

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Question Without Notice To the Attorney-General:

Is the Minister aware that since September 2013, the home of stud breeder Heather Brown-Pascoe national campaigner for the protection of prime farm land has been broken into 3 times?

A past lead columnist for The Australian and from 4 generations of farming Heather had her computers, and files rifled and information on government and political figures purloined.

Since no one is aware of any police action to investigate the case

Can the Minister advise if there’s been any, and if so what was the communication between Police and State or Federal Ministers?

Question With Notice – as appears on the Notice Paper, Page 48, 1 October 2014

Mr Katter: To ask the Ministers listed below (question Nos. *# to *#)—

(1) Is the Minister aware: (a) that between September 2013 and May 2014, the Toowoomba home of Ms Heather Brown-Pascoe, a nationally renowned campaigner to save prime farm land, has been burgled on three occasions; (b) that Ms Brown-Pascoe was the leading columnist in The Australian, is from a four generation farming family and currently runs Queensland’s major horse stud; (c) that during these break-ins, computers, laptops and filing cabinets of both Ms Brown-Pascoe and her husband, containing material relating to government business and political figures, were potentially accessed and that property has been stolen and information purloined; (d) of the fact that an insurance company has paid out for the losses from this break in provide proof that the break in and thefts occurred; (e) that Ms Brown-Pascoe and her husband were advised by their security team that the threat to their safety was real and escalating and arson was possible and under such advice they vacated their home; and (f) that despite considerable evidence, Ms Brown-Pascoe and her husband have hardly heard from the police and in fact no one is aware of any evidence that the police are even carrying out an investigation.

(2) Has the Minister had any contact with Queensland Police or relevant state Ministers regarding this matter.

(3) Is the Minister aware of any communications on this issue between Queensland Police and either State or Federal Ministers; if so, what was the nature of such contact and any discussions which may have occurred.

*# Mr Katter: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General.

*# Mr Katter: To ask the Minister for Justice.

For information on Bob Katter’s role in the 43rd Parliament click here: http://www.bobkatter.com.au/your-member/43rd-parliament-a-retrospective.html