We Will Fight – When Coal Seam Gas Comes to Town
Yesterday our family painted signs and drove to town to shout a message that was echoed around Australia at a National Day of Action.
The day of action, against the coal seam gas industry was held on October 16th in order to coincide with National Water Week. Why? Because water, one of the most precious resources for all life, is one of the things at stake if the coal seam gas industry continues the way that it is.
We also have a more personal stake in this fight. The proposed pipeline from Casino, NSW to Ipswich, QLD will pass through our beautiful valley, our neighbouring world heritage rainforest, through the prime farmland of our neighbours and across our property near our front gate.
The pristine waters of our creek will be fouled,
flowing onto one of the main rivers for the north coast region and then through to one of the main beachside tourist destinations for the area.
You may wonder why we would buy in an area that was threatened with such a development. I had heard whispers about what was happening in Tara Queensland (incidentally, another area we looked at buying in) but other than that, like most people, coal seam gas or CSG was not really on my radar at that time, so to speak. When we were in the process of buying the property we were told that there was a proposed gas pipeline, but it had just been rejected for a second time due to not meeting environmental requirements and was highly unlikely to go ahead. About a month after buying the property we heard that the company, Metgasco, had once again applied to put in the pipeline. We are still waiting, with bated breath, to hear the results of this applications impact statement.
Yesterday, along with an estimated 500 others, a huge turn out for a small agricultural community, we marched. To voice our fears for our community, our water and our lives.
After marching through the centre of town, along the main street.
We met at the town amphitheatre
and heard of the devastation CSG has caused in other communities like ours, the threat to our health, our livelihood and the threat to Australia as a whole, should these lethal chemicals leach into our aquifers and river systems.
It is fuel for our community, fuel to continue the fight. To fight harder, fight longer and win.
If you don’t think this effects you, you are wrong. You need water to live. If you think the infrastructure won’t effect you because of where you live, you are wrong. No where is safe. There are pipelines and pipeline proposals occurring all over Australia, in urban areas, rural areas and natural areas. You only have to google to become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of an industry which we know very little about scientifically and which is largely unregulated.
If you wish to know more please check out the following links.