Media Release, 20th June 2011
(By Kyogle Group Against Gas, forwarded by Keerrong Gas Squad)
Local residents have raised serious concerns about the proposed Metgasco gas pipeline from Casino to Ipswich, with fears that it will damage both agricultural land in the Richmond Valley and the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park. The pipeline will extend for 145km.
“Metgasco plan to run this pipeline along one of the steepest and windiest roads in the region, the Lions Road through the Border Ranges NP, and we simply do not believe that is possible without causing serious environmental damage” said Kyogle shire resident Boudicca Cerese.
“The environmental record of Metgasco has raised alarm bells – if they can’t even properly remediate a water storage pond near Casino, then how can they be trusted to drive a major gas pipeline through a World Heritage area?” she said
“Lions Way is renowned as being a high slip area, which has been closed for weeks at a time after rainy periods due to the road literally falling away. This is an extremely sensitive area which will be severely damaged by the proposed pipeline,” said Rural Fire Service volunteer Thorsten Jones.
“Construction activities may include blasting with explosives through rock and will lead to serious impacts on wildlife and vegetation from heavy machinery operation, noise, dust and erosion” he said.
“Further south from the Border Ranges, our local watercourse, Lynches Ck, is one of the most pristine in the region and this will be placed at risk from sedimentation and erosion where the pipeline crosses the creek” said Leah Hobbs, resident of Lynches Creek.
“We are also concerned about clearing adjacent to the creek. Dairy farmers in the valley rely on this pure water to produce quality milk that is consumed throughout the region.
“We are calling on both state and federal governments to reject this pipeline. Not only will it do direct and irreversible damage, but it will open up the entire northern rivers to a massive expansion in coal seam gas production. Our local communities intend to fight this every step of the way,” she said.
An information session about the proposed pipeline will be held at the Kyogle Town Hall on Tuesday 5th July from 6.30pm.
Information or comment:
Boudicca Cerese on 0266337196 or 0431513546
Leah Hobbs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org