Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I have been activating

Last weekend I went activating at Lismore Car Boot Markets. I helped to collect money for the charity of the day, CSG Free Northern Rivers.We raised a record amount on Sunday, showing that people of this region DO care. I chatted to many people, young and old and they were all disgusted with what CSG would do do to our region.

CSG, for those of you who don't know is Coal Seam Gas mining mines gas in unstable soils, bringing saltwater to the surface and often creating lesions beneath the ground which allows gas to leach into the water supply. So effectively the water supply is poisoned and in many cases the gas escapes to the surface, which means even rain water is compromised....and they have put an exploration well a few miles up the road from me.
Tara Gasfield, QLD
What is gobsmacking, is that the well is metres from Terania Creek, which flows onto Lismore and Ballina. The Northern Rivers water supply is pumped from this water further down river at Boat Harbour. Plus the valley floods at least twice a year, which means that any waste in holding tanks would be washed downstream.
Keerrong Gas Squad
But it is not just all about moi, basically the mining companies have all the power. They can come onto your land and do this, and you have no rights, the only leverage the private landholder has is the dictation of terms. That is, they can demand that the gas companies pay $10,000 per minute to access their land. (you get the gist)
So ultimately (at the moment) it comes down to money, and what is your price.
Sorry Nick, I can no longer visit you in your lovely mudbrick house, with  your gorgeous vege patch and orchard....because I died of contaminated water ...as did alot of wildlife around the area. Infact, you haven't been feeling too hot lately have you? I know the chooks carked it a few months back, so it can't be the eggs...you haven't been... drinking the water!!!
But there were many disturbing stories on Saturday. One bloke out at Casino was checking his fences. His high tensile five strand barbed wire fence had weakened. (This type of fence is expensive) He found that a mining company, WITHOUT PERMISSION, had cut the fence, installed some gates and had slashed the grass as road access.
"I came here as a bride, this land is my life...now they said I had to sign it over to the mining companies.  I got  $1.50,  that can go towards a taxi  to the hospital... my arm is still hurting from all the twisting they did, though I think my knee caps will never recover."
Another bloke told me his 90 year old grandmother had been forced to sign a document by the mining company representatives. They told her she had no option and HAD to sign when they visited her in her house, scary the living daylights out of her.

On Saturday there is going to be a big rally in Lismore to protest CSG mining in the Northern Rivers. If you are  local, consider participating. It starts at 10.00am with a march through Lismore and ends at Riverside Park where there will be music and food. I will be wearing my Keerrong Gas Squad t-shirt, with DON"T FRACK WITH ME.

CSG hasn't got a good track record. The companies who have licenses in the Northern Rivers are Chinese subsidiaries of Shell, they don't care what poison they spread, they are only concerned with their profits. I historically have never been an activist, opting to change things in a different way...organics, self sufficiency, recycling, reusing, low impact on the environment etc. BUT now I am riled, and am ACTIVATING!


  1. Oooh, I don't want to frack with you Nick! There are some people you just don't frack with and from that pic of you, hands on hips, it looks like you might be one of them! (and rightly so, of course) I would, however march with you (and wear a matching t.shirt) if I could. Because this whole thing is appalling. And just plain wrong.

    And here I am getting my knickers in a knot becuse we've just received a letter from our council with a proposal for building a "tavern" down the road from our house! (what's a tavern anyway? why couldn't they just say pub and be done with it?)

  2. that is insane! i hope you can beat them!

  3. What a dreadful story - big businesses just seem to be able to do whatever they want these days! Good for you standing up for what you passionately believe in. Wishing you success.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. The whole CSG and coal mining access onto properties is really insidious and upsetting for landowners. Similar situation happened to us in the Gloucester region with coal mining and CSG is an ongoing issue there also. It all seems to happen in the most beautiful areas of the country.

    Fight the good fight and all the best.

  5. Good on you Nick for standing up for your community. The whole issue of CSG really makes me angry. It's all about doing whatever is necessary to make profit, with no care or regard whatsoever for the environmental or personal consequences. And governments who are just as power-driven and money-hungry, refuse to do what is sensible and just. A story being told many times over in this country I'm sorry to say.
    Good luck with your protests. I hope you kick some serious frackin' butt!

  6. Such a sad world it has become when there is no consideration for mother earth and her creatures. Good for you taking a stand! I just yesterday saw a show about Ecuador where thick oil is coating the countryside and being washed into the river supply. The reason these companies build near water is so the runoff will take away all their waste. Disgusting! Wishing you all the best. Tammy



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