Letter to the Editor - March 23: Protest laws a compliment
THE Baird Government has made public protest at CSG mines a prohibitively expensive exercise.
Fines of $5500 and prison terms of up to seven years now apply. Rather than be dismayed about this, anti-CSG protesters should interpret this action as a compliment to them.
What did the anti-CSG protesters do to bring on this law? Protest rallies at Bentley near Lismore led to Metgasco ending their operations there.
In Gloucester and Camden community groups strongly opposed AGL's plans to mine CSG there. AGL aborted those projects.
This leaves Santos as the last major CSG player in NSW, which has a huge CSG development in the Pilliga, near Narrabri.
It also has a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Gladstone built at a cost of $25 billion. To try to get its money back from this venture, it needs a huge volume of CSG to 'feed' that LNG plant. Santos knows how effective protesters are. It doesn't want the Pilliga operation disrupted. So it donated $558,000 to the Liberal/National parties on the assurance the Government would enact laws preventing the public from protesting at CSG mines.
Dr Michael Blockey,
North Coast Renewable Energy Association