Lessons from the Fracking Front Line – How #protectgloucester beat AGL by @coolmccool

Earlier this month AGL announced that it was pulling out of the beautiful Gloucester valley in NSW and ceasing its controversial CSG (coal seam gas) operations. Although AGL maintained that it had made the decision on purely economic grounds, local environmentalists claim otherwise. The community involved in the anti-CSG campaign gathered recently in Gloucester to celebrate a momentous victory, and to reflect on their success. Many people said they had mixed emotions, as they recalled a long and bitter struggle, from the early days of the campaign when things looked desperately bleak, through disappointments, set-backs, and periods of despair when their carefully documented concerns were simply ignored by the official […]

The #protectgloucester camp: @coolmccool reports

  The Protect Gloucester camp is now open and ready for business. Situated among breath-taking scenery close to AGL’s fracking site, the camp is manned by a team of dedicated locals, who have put in many hours of hard work to get the camp ready. Built to meet very stringent regulations demanded by the local council authorities, the camp has scores of neatly laid out and spacious drive-in/drive-out plots which would put many a paid caravan park to shame. Visitors are welcomed at the gate by volunteers and informed of the camp rules, briefed on the facilities available, and are made to feel very welcome. Some of the plots are […]

Think Global, act local to #protectgloucester from #AGL #csg, says @RobOakeshott1

Thursday, 23/10/14 – 1.24pm: Email from an old Gloucester constituent and friend;  “AGL has advised the NSW Office of CSG that it wishes to commence fracture stimulation activities on Waukivory13 this week, but AGL requires several additional approvals before they can start fracture stimulation activities:  an approved produced water management plan and an approved groundwater monitoring and modelling plan.  OCSG is yet to approve the plans and it is currently considering AGL’s submission and is seeking advice from the NSW Office of Water.  AGL has all the fracturing equipment in place, brought in under Police escort earlier this week at 4.30am. 30 personnel have arrived in Gloucester for 60 days, […]