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Petition: Council urged to act on fracking

Frack Free Geelong has set up a petition to urge the Council to make a clear stand on the issue of gas mining in our area. If you would like to sign it, go to www.frackfreegeelong.org/petition

 

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Frack Free Geelong members have literally put their bodies on the line, marking out the edge of the PEP163 gas exploration license in the heart of Highton to get the City of Greater Geelong’s attention.

More than two dozen anti-fracking protesters lined up from the corner of Barabool Road and Marcus Street, Highton, to demonstrate with hazard tape the exploration license’s proximity to schools and homes.

Frack Free Geelong spokeswoman Elizabeth Packett said the purpose of the event was to raise awareness about how much the license was infringing on the urban environment, and to urge Geelong council to take a stand on gas mining in the area.

To date the council has not stated its position on the issue and the citizen group has urged councillors to do so. The state moratorium against fracking, which runs until June 2015, does not protect Geelong and the Surf Coast from exploration drilling.

“We need to know that the council is taking the threat to Geelong residents seriously, and will represent us by calling on the resources minister to remove residential areas, as well as water catchment areas such as the Anglesea borefield, from the exploration license,” said Ms Packett.

“Colac Otway and Surf Coast councils have already expressed their concerns about the industry to the minister. We need to know where Geelong council stands.”

Greens candidate for western region Lloyd Davies and Surf Coast Shire councillor Eve Fisher both attended Saturday’s event.

“Fracking has me terrified, there is just no other way to put it,” Cr Fisher said.

“To think that residents in Waurn Ponds and Highton – as well as much of Surf Coast Shire – may have fracking wells on their door steps beggars belief.”

Cars tooted their support as the Frack Free Geelong members made their way along Barabool Road and up Marcus Street.

“This industry is on, and even over, our doorsteps. We were shocked to find that the current PEP163 exploration license goes over suburban and residential areas of Geelong, and covers parts of Waurn Ponds and Highton,” said Ms Packett.


PETITION

Frack Free Geelong calls on the City of Greater Geelong council to recognise the community’s concern about coal seam gas and other forms of unconventional gas mining and advocate for the prevention of further gas exploration and mining in the area.

Frack Free Geelong recommends the Council to move a motion similar to the following:

1) That Council advocates to the state and federal governments for a ban on new gas exploration and mining/extraction in the City of Greater Geelong until it is proven to be safe.

2) That Council works with the community to stop gas exploration, extraction or mining by keeping the community up to date with all relevant information as it becomes available, and by providing resource support to community groups.

3) That Council opposes gas exploration, extraction, mining or infrastructural work on land it owns or manages until it is proven to be safe.

4) That council incorporates this position into its Environmental Management Strategy which is currently out for public comments.

» Sign the petition:   www.frackfreegeelong.org/petition

 


Residents oppose fracking

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► Geelong Advertiser – 15 February 2014:
Residents oppose fracking
Article by Andria Cozza


Miner’s disinterest fails to deter fracking protesters

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► Geelong Independent – 14 February 2014:
Miner’s disinterest fails to deter fracking protesters
Article by John van Klaveren


Group urges council to show its stance on fracking

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Surf Coast Times – 6 February 2014
By James Taylor


 

About the Surf Coast Motion

Frack Free Geelong commends the Surf Coast Shire Council and Barwon Water for taking the concerns of their constituents seriously.

Frack Free Geelong congratulates both the Surf Coast Shire Council and Barwon Water for their recent public statements of concern about the negative impacts which they believe the exploration and extraction of unconventional gas will have in our area.

Now we would like to see the City of Greater Geelong council, and Barwon Health along with Barwon Water make a very clear stand against this practice.

» More info on www.frackfreegeelong.org/the-surf-coast-motion


About the Environmental Management Strategy 2013-2017

The City of Greater Geelong council is currently drafting their Environmental Management Strategy 2013-2017, but as yet, there is no mention of gas mining within this paper. Frack Free Geelong encourages all citizens who understand that this is an important strategy document for Geelong, and who are concerned abut the environmental impacts of fracking in our region, to send a personal message to the Council asking them to consider adding a section about the Council’s position on fracking.

» It can be as simple as sending an email to: environment@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

» Or go to this page and fill in the form: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/council/yoursay/consult/item/8d0cae103b24f87.aspx

» Before submitting a response, take a look at the draft strategy paper here:  ‘Environmental Management Strategy 2013-2017’

» More info on www.frackfreegeelong.org/tell-geelong-council-to-take-a-strategic-stand-on-fracking


» More info about coming events on www.frackfreegeelong.org/next-meetings

 

 

Reith’s Gas Market report released for public comment

The full Gas Market Taskforce report has been provided to the Victorian Government and is being released for public comment.

It would be fantastic to get heaps of submissions in from members of Frack Free Geelong. Submissions are due by the end of March 2014.

“The Gas Market Taskforce, chaired by former Federal Minister Peter Reith, was established in January 2013 by Premier Ted Baillieu to examine gas supply issues. The release of this report demonstrates the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to full public consultation about how Victoria should address these important issues.

The Government will consider a wealth of information from a variety of sources in order to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of this issue before moving forward.
The Government received the final report on November 1, 2013 and will now consider its findings and respond in due course. The report will be one input the Government considers to build a comprehensive picture of the issues around gas policy.

The Government will consult widely on these issues and there will be future opportunities for community input.”


Noah Beecher Kelk wrote:
“Quit Coal is working on producing a fairly long and detailed one but if you don’t have time for that then don’t worry! I’ve put together a few dot points that you can use some or all of. The submissions only need to be a paragraph long, but they can be as long as you want! I have some more technical points that a few more knowledgable Quit Coalers put together so if you want to really sink your teeth into a response then email me back and I’ll pass them on.

The most important thing is that we want to make it clear to the government that WE DO NOT WANT THIS INDUSTRY.

So if you want to completely ignore my dot points that is totally fine, just speak from your heart about why you oppose the development of an onshore gas industry.

The link is here: www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/about-us/publications/Gas-Market-Taskforce-report
NB: You must click on ‘Feedback’ at the bottom.

If anyone has questions or problems with the website etc., feel free to call me on 0403 274 103.

Yours,
Noah Beecher Kelk
Quit Coal”

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Report is heavily biased – why were there gas industry members on the supposedly impartial taskforce?

Report only addresses ‘how to make the industry most effective’ without first asking ‘should we have this industry’?

Affected communities need to be consulted – without their input, no report is adequate;

Ignores widespread community opposition and participatory democracy that has been organised at ground level;

Report ignores widespread complaints against fracking from Queensland and NSW, and overseas;

Report claims we need more gas for Victoria when there is more than enough coming from offshore wells, for example in the Bass Strait;

Report is a thinly veiled attempt to create an export industry to allow large corporations to increase their profit margin by selling to an overseas market instead of the cheaper domestic market;

Linking the domestic market with the overseas market will cause domestic prices to skyrocket. Peter Reith is aware of this and claims that destroying farmland with unconventional gas mining is the only way to offset this;

In fact there are many alternatives including storing gas for domestic use, finding alternative power sources such as renewable energy, and alternative chemical feedstocks such as biochar.

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Annoyingly there’s no ability to upload word documents/bigger submissions. Must use online submission form.

The link is here: www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/about-us/publications/Gas-Market-Taskforce-report
NB: You must click on ‘Feedback’ at the bottom.

Gas field hazard marked out

A large zone of land, running from Highton to Anglesea, is currently under licence for gas exploration. On Saturday the 15th of February at 2pm, Frack Free Geelong, a community based group who are opposed to gas exploration and mining in the region, hope to bring attention to this issue by marking out a section of the zone with hazard tape.

“As we’ve seen from overseas and interstate, fracking poses serious threats to our health, drinking water, rivers, farmland, and other industries, particularly tourism,” said Elizabeth Packett, spokesperson for Frack Free Geelong.

“We want to raise awareness of this issue in our region by physically marking out an area where a potential gas field could lie. People will be shocked to learn that it’s on the same land as private homes, businesses, churches, kindergartens, sports clubs, Deakin University and even the Highton Cemetery.”

“The state moratorium against fracking, which runs until June 2015, does not protect us from exploration drilling. The mining companies could start that any day, and if they find gas, you can be assured they will do everything they can to extract it. The exploration drilling in itself is a huge investment costing millions of dollars for which these companies will expect a return.”
 

Concerned citizens are invited to join
“Gas mining is a choice, and if we choose to go down that road, we are locking ourselves into continued fossil fuel addiction for decades. According to the latest peer-reviewed climate science, this is the last thing we should be doing. We have other choices. There is no shortage of sun or wind in our area,” explained Elizabeth Packett.

Frack Free Geelong welcomes people who share our concerns to join our event on the 15th of February. Depending on the response from the City of Greater Geelong Council, the group may launch a petition on the day, asking the Mayor and Councillors to make a commitment to ban gas mining within its borders.

In November 2013, Surf Coast Shire Council addressed the issues of fracking in the region by putting a motion forward to state government in support of a permanent ban on coal seam gas exploration.

Saturday 15th of February 2014 at 2pm: Meet at the corner of Scenic Road and Barrabool Road in Highton.

 

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High resolution photos for download:
» www.frackfreegeelong.org/download

 

Frack Free Geelong are a newly formed community group concerned about the risk that coal, coal seam gas, tight gas and shale gas exploration will have on Geelong and the Surf Coast. The group currently consists of approximately 400 concerned citizens in the Geelong region.

Follow the group on Facebook:
» www.facebook.com/frackfreegeelong

 

 

 

 

 


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Frack Free Geelong calls on the City of Greater Geelong Council to recognise the community’s concern about coal seam gas and other forms of unconventional gas mining and advocate for the prevention of further gas exploration and mining in the City of Greater Geelong.

Frack Free Geelong recommends the Council to move a motion similar to the following:

1) That Council advocates to the state and federal governments for a ban on new gas exploration and mining/extraction in the City of Greater Geelong until it is proven to be safe.

2) That Council works with the community to stop gas exploration, extraction or mining by keeping the community up to date with all relevant information as it becomes available, and by providing resource support to community groups.

3) That Council opposes gas exploration, extraction, mining or infrastructural work on land it owns or manages until it is proven to be safe.

4) That council incorporates this position into its Environmental Management Strategy which is currently out for public comments.

 

 

About the Surf Coast Motion

Frack Free Geelong commends the Surf Coast Shire Council and Barwon Water for taking the concerns of their constituents seriously.

Frack Free Geelong congratulates both the Surf Coast Shire Council and Barwon Water for their recent public statements of concern about the negative impacts which they believe the exploration and extraction of unconventional gas will have in our area.

Now we would like to see the City of Greater Geelong Council, and Barwon Health along with Barwon Water make a very clear stand against this practice.

» More about The Surf Coast motion
 

 

 

About the Environmental Management Strategy 2013-2017

The Geelong City Council is currently drafting their Environmental Management Strategy 2013-2017, but as yet, there is no mention of gas mining within this paper. Frack Free Geelong encourages all citizens who understand that this is an important strategy document for Geelong, and who are concerned abut the environmental impacts of fracking in our region, to send a personal message to the Council asking them to consider adding a section about the Council’s position on fracking.

It can be as simple as sending an email to: environment@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or go to this page and fill in the form:
» www.geelongaustralia.com.au/council/yoursay/consult/item/8d0cae103b24f87.aspx

Before submitting a response, take a look at the draft strategy paper here:
» ‘Environmental Management Strategy 2013-2017’

 

 


Media release
About Frack Free Geelong’s action event on Saturday the 15th of February at 2pm, where Frack Free Geelong hopes to bring attention to this issue by marking out a section of the zone with hazard tape.
5 February 2014



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