Back to Bentley, as Metgasco spits the dummy at NSW Government

MEDIA RELEASE – 1 September 2015

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today slammed coal seam gas company Metgasco for suing the NSW Government and renewing drilling at Bentley near Lismore saying the company was belligerent and did not have a social licence to operate in the Northern Rivers.

“It’s outrageous and belligerent that this company would sue taxpayers for compensation and threaten to resume drilling when their social licence to operate in the Northern Rivers has so comprehensively been rejected,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“If Metgasco go back to Bentley, then the community will be there to meet them in large numbers and with determination to protect the land and water.

“It is not up to taxpayers to bailout this company who have comprehensively failed to gain a social licence to operate and they should not be trying to extort the NSW Government.

Where is the Member for Lismore Thomas George?  He promised to have the licence cancelled by 30 June 2015, yet here we have Metgasco forcing their way back to Bentley with an assurance of police protection given by the government.

“The government and Shooters Party recently voted down a Greens bill that would have banned coal seam gas in the Northern Rivers.  They’ve got no one but themselves to blame for this huge mess,” he said.

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith said, “Should that drill rig come anywhere near our beautiful Northern Rivers rest assured I will be standing on the frontline with the community at Bentley.”

5 comments

  • Do you just make this stuff up?

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  • THE WRITER USED TO BE A RESIDENT AT GENEVA (JUST 2 MILE OUTSIDE OF KYOGLE), AS SUCH HAVING TO ACCEPT THIS IS JUST DISBELIEVABLE. ANYTHING TO DO WITH WATER, WHETHER IT BE A FLOOD PLAIN, A WATER TABLE OR THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN; THE INANE LNP ATTITUDE IS, “THERE MUST BE COAL THERE”, DIG IT UP AND BUGGER BOTH HUMANITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. FIRST THE LIVERPOOL PLAINS (WHICH WILL ALSO HAVE A DISASTEROUS AFFECT ON THE DRINKING WATER OF THE RESIDENTS OF WEE WAA), THEN THE EXPANSION OF THE COAL MINE UP IN SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND, NOW THIS. YET THE GREENS IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT ARE DEAFENINGLY SILENT ABOUT THAT. IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT THE MALFEASANT INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ABSOLUTIST ABBOTT CUM HIS AUTHORITARIAN LNP AND THE COAL MINING COMPANIES, HAVE TOTALLY DESTROYED BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND THE EQUITABLE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF THE RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY: LNP MALFEASANCE INCARCERATES EGALITARIANISM.

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  • So it’s back to the future.

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  • Would the police be at the beck and call of metgasco?

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  • Fully support you and hope you go and see the member who has no principles. Too often Oz police protect mines against the people- cf Santos in Queensland and also in the Solomon Islands (coal/gold mines). Our freedoms are being eroded. Keep on fighting Jeremy.

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