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PEL 463 cancelled

Cancellation of Sydney CSG licence a win for community action

The cancellation of a CSG licence over Sydney is a win for community action. Now our water catchments need to be protected from CSG mining too.

Stop CSG Sydney has welcomed the news that the Baird government has decided to cancel the coal seam gas licence covering most of metropolitan Sydney – PEL 463.

“Widespread community organising has helped deliver this outcome. The cancellation of this licence will give a big boost of confidence to the campaign to protect land and water which has so far slowed the progress of CSG extraction in NSW”, said Pip Hinman, Stop CSG Sydney president.

PEL 463 was originally issued by the former ALP government, and renewed by the Coalition. It was due to expire in October. The licence area covers 189,000 hectares, spanning most of Sydney and its surrounds, from Gosford in the North, to Waterfall in the South, and past Blacktown in the West. Over 4 million people live in the affected area.

“Clearly, the Baird NSW government is feeling the pressure. Opposition to CSG is widespread across the state. It has splintered the Liberal-National Coalition’s base.

“The cancellation of PEL 463 is welcome – and not a moment too soon. But the community will not stop its work in protecting vital parts of NSW – such as the whole of the water catchment area, the Pilliga and Gloucester – all of which remain under threat.

“We are also concerned that the NSW government is ignoring residents in Camden, in south west Sydney who have to live with AGL’s CSG leaks, drilling under their houses and other threats from the industry”, said Ms Hinman.

“The campaign started in 2010 when residents discovered a CSG test drill was to take place in St Peters – metres from schools, parks and homes. The community got together, organised rallies, film nights, trivia night, a human sign in Sydney Park and much more,” said Louise Steer, Stop CSG Sydney’s public officer.

“The campaign to get the licence cancelled started in July 2014 when we found out Dart Energy was intending to sell the licence to a UK company IGas Inc. The NSW government approved this sale last October.

“Stop CSG Sydney believes that this cancellation is a victory for communities across the state. It should have been done long ago, and IGas doesn’t need $200,000 from the NSW state government as ‘compensation’ “, concluded Ms Steer.

For further comment contact:
Pip Hinman 0412-139-968
Lou Steer 0402-167-566

PEL463 (yellow) covered most of Sydney
PEL463 (yellow) covered most of Sydney

25 May – Stop CSG Sydney – meeting + “Fractured Country”

Stop CSG Sydney public meeting + screening of “Fractured Country” film.

3pm to 5pm at Seaview Community Hall, 12-14 Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill (next to the Library). Join us afterwards for 2014 campaign planning & afternoon tea.

“Fractured Country” film will be introduced by Nell Schofield from Lock the Gate. After the film Sandy Thompson and Pip Hinman from StopCSG Sydney will describe their experience at the Blockade at Bentley near Lismore, and will discuss the next steps in the fight to protect our precious water, land and air from the impacts of coal seam gas mining.

“Fracking for gas poisoned the water” – talk by visiting US farmer

Sat 22 Feb, 4pm to 6:30pm, Leichardt Town Hall, cnr Marion St & Norton St, Leichardt

Wyoming farmer John Fenton, who featured in the film Gasland, has a tale to tell. Having lived through CSG exploration and production on his farm, he wants to warn the rest of the world about the danger.

Fracking poisoned the water supply for his farm, and has resulted in water having to be trucked into his community, while locals have been hit with serious illnesses.

John is touring Australia to highlight the dangers of CSG and fracking, with a clear message that stopping it now is our only sane option.

Don’t miss John’s only Sydney meeting, hosted by Stop CSG Sydney and the Greens. Entry by donation to help cover international airfares.

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No Fracking Way – a great song for Australia Day

Back in November, Leo Sayer recorded an anti-fracking song for Aussies Against Fracking, inspired by their work helping Dayne Pratzky with a fund raiser concert earlier in 2013. Here’s the film clip …

No Fracking Way by Leo Sayer, featuring a who’s who of Australian musicians, Leo Sayer, Kevin Borich, Harry Brus, Reg Mombasa, Doc Neeson, Mitch Anderson, Steve Balbi, Demi Hines, John Waters, and many more. Look for Dayne Pratzky the Frackman, and Josie Evans from StopCSG Sydney in the chorus.

24 Nov – Stop CSG Sydney – meeting + Xmas drinks

24 Nov – Stop CSG Sydney – last public meeting for 2013

Stop CSG Sydney’s last public meeting for 2013 is on Sunday, 24 November from 3pm to 4pm
at Seaview Community Hall, 14 Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill (next to the Library).
All welcome to discuss our achievements so far and ideas for next year’s projects.

After the meeting, we will go around the corner to the Gladstone Hotel at 572 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill for our end of year celebration.

18 Nov – Aussies against Fracking music concert

18 November – 7pm at Bluebeats 16-18 Cross St, Double Bay 9328-4411

Aussies against Fracking unites a star-studded cast of music performers who are opposed to Coal Seam Gas and Fracking. This is the who’s-who of Oz Music, tickets are only $28 (Moshtix or at the door).

The Sydney launch night features live performances by Adam Harvey, Deni Hines, John Waters, Kevin Borich, Steve Balbi (Mi-Sex, Noiseworks), with Harry Brus, Mick O’Shea & Casey Burgess in The All Star Anti-Fracking Band, AAF Patron Doc Neeson (Angels), Dog Trumpet (Reg Mombassa & Peter O’Doherty), Graham Wilson (The Four Kinsmen) Mitch Anderson & Alex Gibson from ‘The Voice’, Kate Lush & Cass Eager and just announced The Whale Whisperer Bunna Lawrie.

Video messages from Bob Brown, Jack Thompson, Leo Sayer, Ash Grunwald, Alan Jones, Marcia Hines, Deni Hines , John Butler, Steve Balbi, Jeff Duff, Keith Scott, Mitch Anderson, Reg Mombassa, John Waters, Doc Neeson, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley, Xavier Rudd, Wendy Matthews, Melinda Schneider, Mark Gable, John Paul Young, Nick Saxon & many more.

Guest Speakers: Drew Hutton, President LOCK THE GATE, Dayne Pratsky “The Frackman”, Greens Senator Jeremy Buckingham, and Aussies Against Fracking patron Doc Neeson.

Plus the launch of Leo Sayer’s new video “NO FRACKING WAY” …
No Fracking Way by Leo Sayer, featuring a who’s who of Australian musicians, Leo Sayer, Kevin Borich, Harry Brus, Reg Mombasa, Doc Neeson, Mitch Anderson, Steve Balbi, Demi Hines, John Waters, and many more. Look for Dayne Pratzky the Frackman, and Josie Evans from StopCSG Sydney in the chorus.

17 Nov – National Day of Climate Action

Getup has organised a national day of climate action rallies. The Sydney rally is at Prince Alfred Park, near Central.

Stop CSG Sydney members please meet at 10.30am in Prince Alfred Park near the corner of Chalmers Street and Cleveland St (Cleveland Street side) where the school is. Look out for the yellow triangles. Don’t forget to bring your signs and wear your tshirts. (trains to Central or buses to Cleveland St)

Government policy needs to change and change now and the only way it will is if we get out in the streets. We want CSG mining to stop. We do not need it. It increases carbon pollution, trashes water, soil and health. Clean alternatives are possible and we have enough offshore gas anyway.

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27 Oct – Stop CSG Sydney AGM – guest speaker Paddy Manning

Sunday October 27, 3-5pm at 14 Seaview St, Dulwich Hill (next to Dulwich Hill library).

Paddy Manning will speak at 3pm, followed by afternoon tea, and then Stop CSG Sydney’s Annual General Meeting.

Author and journalist Paddy Manning will speak about the movement against coal seam gas mining
and prospects for the industry under the Abbott government. Paddy Manning is the author of “What the Frack? Everything You Need to Know About Coal Seam Gas”. He describes how the campaign against CSG became a movement across regional NSW, looks at how CSG mining is already impacting on ground water, aquifers and our health and takes a hard look at the mining industry’s rights versus landowner’s rights.

The Abbott Coalition government is pushing the NSW Liberal-National government to clear away obstacles for the CSG industry expanding in NSW. Come and join us for this important discussion about how we strengthen the rural and city alliances against the CSG industry and its supporters in government.

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25 August – StopCSG Sydney meeting changed to Footprints Ecofestival

The regular monthly StopCSG Sydney meeting in hall is cancelled this month, as it clashes with the Footprints Ecofestival in Annandale.

StopCSG Sydney will have an information stall at the Footprints Ecofestival, in Whites Creek Community Park, Annandale.
So come visit us there! anytime from 11am – 3pm Sunday 25 Aug.

FB event for Footprints Ecofestival
The Footprints Ecofestival includes an eco film festival, with films screening all day.
Bernadette Smith (from StopCSG Sydney) has her anti-CSG film showing at 12:10 today.
Footprints Film Festival