Thursday, 12 March 2015
Baird Government and NSW North Coast Nationals continue to betray Northern Rivers communities and their sustainable regional economies
Gasfield Free Northern Rivers Media Release, 11 March 2015:
Northern Rivers under even greater threat of invasive gasfields.
Today’s announcement that AJ Lucas has bought PEL 445, shows that they have set their sights firmly on the Northern Rivers for gas exploration.
AJ Lucas is the biggest drilling company in Australia, they own seventy seven drill rigs, and have the capacity and resources to commence exploration drilling operations as soon as necessary approvals are in place.
Ian Gaillard, Spokesperson for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers said "Our region is now threatened more than ever with Queensland drillers probably looking to the Northern Rivers to meet export gas shortfalls at Gladstone.
"This development makes it more likely that the instant the election is over, if the Liberal National Government is returned to power, Northern Rivers communities will be facing the spectre of a gas drilling invasion.
"Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin, Coraki, out west past Urbenville and right down to Maclean will all be up for grabs. As will the regional water supply areas that service major population
centres like Ballina and Byron Bay.
"The transfer of PEL 445 to AJ Lucas makes the outcome of the upcoming election even more critical for the future of our region.
"This news will galvanise people in the region to redouble their efforts over the coming weeks to demand a commitment from local National Party candidates who are the only party refusing to support community calls for a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers."