Local Government -Council Elections Questions

 

We all know that now is the time to vote for our council representatives, but what do the candidates say about invasive gas and mining projects?

LCPA have contacted the candidates running for election in Kingston DC, City of Mount Gambier, Naracoorte Lucindale and Wattle Range and Robe Council with this letter;

Dear Candidate,

 We understand you will be contesting the local Council elections.  

 We wish to draw your attention to the unconventional gas exploration and open cut coal mining proposed for the Limestone Coast.

 We are concerned ratepayers and ordinary citizens of the Limestone Coast and we are greatly concerned about the potential impact that unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining has on our water and our health. SA has a “Clean and Green” image and we are greatly worried about losing this image due to this exploration and mining.  We are aware that currently Victoria has a moratorium on unconventional gas exploration and mining due to concerns about its impact on water, health and communities. 

 We ask that you apply the “precautionary” principle if elected and ask petroleum and mining companies to prove the safety of their practices prior to exploration and production. We are asking for a 100% guarantee, that unconventional gas exploration and mining will not damage our water, air quality, soil and health.

Questions to Candidates

Do you currently have shares in petroleum resource companies who are exploring in our region i.e. Beach Energy, Ouro Preto Resources, Rawson Resources, Strike Energy and Sherlock Minerals? YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

If elected will you declare all interests and/or shares in these companies? YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

Will you work to support the SELGA South East Local Government Resolutions 2013?

To seek scientific information from the Federal Government’s “Independent Expert Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Mining Development” on the possible impact of tight gas and shale gas exploration and development on the vital water resources of the Limestone Coast. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

To call on the Federal Government to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to include “tight gas” and “shale gas” under the definition of mining activities where water resources are deemed to be “of national environmental significance”. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

To ask State Government to require shale gas, tight gas and geothermal developers obtain a water allocation before extracting water from underground aquifers, to ensure consistency for all water-using industries in the region.  YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

To call for legislative change by State Government to require exclusion zones around towns, tourism regions and private dwellings for gas and geothermal developments YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

To require landholder approval before entering land for gas or geothermal exploration and production. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

To establish a State and Local Government taskforce to examine all relevant research, community engagement and legislative matters relating to the impact of mining activity in the South East. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

To support a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the region until such time as independent analysis is undertaken, and the requests made to the State and Federal Governments have been addressed. moratorium on unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining across South Australia until it is proven “safe” now and in the long term. YES NO (Delete/Cross out one that does not apply)

Beach Energy plans to use Waste Water for Irrigation of pasture

The holding pond left at Jolly1 Penola in May 2014 containing heavy metals, hydrocarbons and salt.

The holding pond left at Jolly1 Penola in May 2014 containing heavy metals, hydrocarbons and salt.

Limestone Coast Protection Alliance are alarmed that Beach Energy are planning to use the drilling waste water from Bungaloo1 and Jolly1 wells to irrigate pasture.  Analysis of this water shows it is half to two thirds the salinity of salt water, with high levels of sodium, potassium, heavy metals such as barium and copper, plus traces of hydrocarbons and phenol.   Some of these hydrocarbons are polyaromatic hydrocarbons, a group of chemicals which are persistant with some causing cancer and deformities in developing babies.

LCPA are seeking more information from the EPA and the Dept of Water.

We have asked SELGA and the NRM Board if they will discuss at their next meetings in October.

Protecting our Foodbowl, water and tourism from mining – Rally 2nd August 2014

Meet 9:45am at Parliament House and then 10am march to Victoria Square.

StepsofParliament

South Australia has only 4.6% agricultural land outside of pastoral areas. Our farming production areas are being invaded by shale gas exploration in the South East of SA, mineral exploration and proposed mining for iron ore, copper and other minerals on Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula. Plus oil and gas exploration licences are off shore near Kangaroo Island, only around 10 km off our SA coastline.

These exploration and proposed projects are a major threat to our groundwater aquifers, surface water, soil and air. We want to maintain our clean, green food bowl, water and tourism which should be held in trust for generations to come. Currently, land owners in South Australia have virtually NO rights to say NO to mining and petroleum exploration on their properties, even if they don’t want it. This is unfair! We want the laws changed to protect our food bowl.

On Saturday, 2nd August, a rally and march will be held in Adelaide to help support and protect our agricultural, viticultural and ocean communities. We strongly urge everyone in rural areas as well as city areas to come and join us.

9.45 a.m. we will be meeting on the steps of Parliament House. Some short speeches will commence at 10 a.m. followed by a march to Victoria Square. Some short speeches will take place also at Victoria Square.   People are encouraged to stay for a picnic lunch or purchase food from nearby.

Please Note: Adelaide City Council CAN NOT park farm vehicles over 8 tonnes.  Please bring placards instead.

There are buses organised to take people from the South East up to Adelaide for the day.
 
 

Find out more about the Rally by clicking here to go to facebook

Contact Anne Daw for more information annedaw@bigpond.com

saveourfoodbowlrally

Friday 19 May 2017 the Natural Resources Committee resolved to publish on its website the Minister’s response to the NRC’s Fracking report.

Friday 19 May 2017 the Natural Resources Committee resolved to publish on its website the Minister’s response to the NRC’s Fracking report.

http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Committees/Pages/Committees.aspx?CTId=5&CId=295

Mins response to fracking report.

 

The Bentley Effect – The true story of how one remarkable community took on the giant gas mining companies – and WON!

Portland on Mon 17 April at 7pm at Portland Football, Netball & Cricket Club, Henty Street, Portland
Mt Gambier on Tue 18 April at 6.45pm at Oatmill Cinema, 7 Percy Street, Mt Gambier
Robe on Wed 19 April at 6.30pm at Robe Football Club, Robe
Tickets will be available at the venue.

With the threat of gasfields upon us we all need to see this to learn how it was done.

The Bentley Effect – The true story of how one remarkable community took on the giant gas mining companies – and WON!

Portland on Mon 17 April at 7pm at Portland Football, Netball & Cricket Club, Henty Street, Portland
Mt Gambier on Tue 18 April at 6.45pm at Oatmill Cinema, 7 Percy Street, Mt Gambier
Robe on Wed 19 April at 6.30pm at Robe Football Club, Robe

The Bentley Effect The true story of how one remarkable community took on the giant gas mining companies – and WON!

Portland on Mon 17 April at 7pm at Portland Football, Netball & Cricket Club, Henty Street, Portland
Mt Gambier on Tue 18 April at 6.45pm at Oatmill Cinema, 7 Percy Street, Mt Gambier
Robe on Wed 19 April at 6.30pm at Robe Football Club, Robe

Alan Jones Podcasts

Alan talks to the Liverpool Plains farmer about the Santos Narrabri gas project. 10/04/2017

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/jamie-bishop/

Alan talks to the chemical engineer Tim Forcey  from the Melbourne Energy Institute about methane emissions from coal seam gas. 10/04/2017 /

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/tim-forcey/

 

The Bentley Effect The true story of how one remarkable community took on the giant gas mining companies – and WON!

The Bentley Effect screening:
Portland on Mon 17 April at 7pm at Portland Football, Netball & Cricket Club, Henty Street, Portland
Mt Gambier on Tue 18 April at 6.45pm at Oatmill Cinema, 7 Percy Street, Mt Gambier
Robe on Wed 19 April at 6.30pm at Robe Football Club, Robe

Today Tonight – Poisoned farms and toxic food – the bitter battle in country SA that’s now reached the city.

Watch the video here

https://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/stories/gas-galore

and read a story in Advertiser

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/angry-south-east-farmers-lock-their-gates-to-gas-drilling-amid-fears-of-damage-to-underground-aquifers/news-story/27116e85f01a861c03cbe6d6d815e81b

“Our concerns really are about the long-term integrity of wells and drilling, the possible leakage between the aquifers and having a higher density of wells being built and drilled in the region,” Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated president Pete Balnaves said.

The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance response to the “SA Energy Plan”

SA’s Energy Plan

The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance commends Premier Weatherill on his plan to make SA independent of the national chaotic energy mess that has caused SA’s energy problems, and the failure of the Federal government to show any leadership in energy matters.

We are also pleased about the creation of the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund to make renewable energy available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to power the state when it is needed, with the first project to be Australia’s largest grid-connected battery storage.

We believe this fund will inspire innovation amongst entrepreneurs and keep SA at the forefront of renewable energy technology in Australia and perhaps even the world as we have renewable energy companies falling over themselves to invest in SA.

However, the plan to build a new, government-owned gas-fired power station at a cost of $350 million is a complete aberration, totally unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money. With progress made by these renewable energy initiatives we believe it will be an expensive white elephant by the time it is built. If we have grid connected battery storage in place by next December as promised it will not be necessary.

The incentives being offered to landholders to allow gas wells on their properties in the form of 10% of the royalties charged to mining companies equates to 1% of the value of the gas extracted and will not find support in the South East.

47 communities have been surveyed in our region, with 96% of respondents opposed to unconventional gas mining in the South East, and these surveys are on-going.

The government has no social licence to mine for gas in the South East and these incentives will not change anything. Landholders know the destruction caused by gasfields and for most landholders their land is their superannuation.

Water, air and health will be compromised. Landholders do not want roadworks, trucks, dust and noise on their properties, or their precious water supplies diverted for the use of mining companies. With gasfields on their properties they will be unable to easily farm and will lose approximately 10.9% of production.

There is no insurance available in Australia against personal or property damage caused by gas mining and mining companies do not carry insurance to cover landholders.

The value of properties with gasfields, or with

neighbouring gasfields, will fall as has been witnessed in Queensland and NSW, and may become unsaleable.

The short term gain of a small royalty would never compensate for the long term pain of such huge financial loss.

For further information please call Merilyn Paxton 8768 6100, Marcia Lorenz 8735 8418

Limestone Coast Protection Alliance says go Solar Thermal, not gas

YES to Solar Thermal. NO to gas, says Limestone Coast Protection Alliance in meeting with Tom Koutsantonis

 

Key leaders from the Limestone Coast SA met with the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Tom Koutsantonis on Monday to convey their position YES to Solar Thermal, NO to gas.

Merilyn Paxton, Farmer, and Chair of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance; Peter Bissell, Chairman of the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council; Dennis Vice, owner and winemaker at Highbank Wines; and Peter Riseley, Mayor of the District Council of Robe met with the Minister.

Merilyn Paxton said “We conveyed our support for a Concentrated Solar Thermal plant at Port Augusta. Solar Thermal can dispatch power when needed, night or day. It can provide baseload. It will provide much-needed competition, create jobs and put SA at the forefront of CleanTech industries”

“We made clear our request that we want a ban on unconventional gasfields in our region. Last year, a review of 685 research papers points to risks to water, air and health. Our region’s water, and our wine and agricultural industries are too important to imperil.

Dennis Vice said: “Our message is that gas drilling is a pipe dream, because we’re now connected to the high gas prices in East Asia. No amount of drilling here can change the price of gas in Asia. Why put the Limestone Coast at risk when we now have the option of reliable, clean Concentrated Solar Thermal plants that can be built in 20 months?”

Peter Riseley said “I am here to represent the 96% of people within our community opposed to gasfields. We are pleased that Mr Koutsantonis has accepted our invitation to visit our members in the Limestone Coast and to hear their concerns about the shale gas industry.”

For further information please contact
Merilyn Paxton on 0429 804 247 or 08 8768 6100
Dennis Vice on 0427 653 311
Peter Riseley 0429 799 528

The ” Gas Crisis ” Con

Have you heard about the great “gas crisis” con? Why are Australian manufacturers and grannies paying through the nose and struggling to buy any gas at all, while we’re in the middle of a boom? Share this video and make sure we don’t let those pollies and gas bullies blame farmers for their absurd mistakes. #GasCrisis #GreatGasCon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXt-iYehkT4&t=4s