Linda Brooks (Right) of the Northern Rivers telling her story about Coal Seam Gas exploration to the Getup representatives, (l-r) Creative Director Simon Duncan, Campaigner Justine Garcia de Heer and Campagin Director Paul Oosting (corr).
Linda Brooks (Right) of the Northern Rivers telling her story about Coal Seam Gas exploration to the Getup representatives, (l-r) Creative Director Simon Duncan, Campaigner Justine Garcia de Heer and Campagin Director Paul Oosting (corr). Jay Cronan

GetUp has go to do something

ENVIRONMENTAL lobby group GetUp visited Casino and Kyogle yesterday to gather information in advance of a national campaign to draw attention to problems in the coal seam gas industry.

Describing the industry as "out of control", GetUp campaign manager Paul Oosting said the group had major concerns with coal seam gas and that the purpose of the trip was to "hear in more detail what it is like to be on the receiving end of an industry that has come to regional areas and is riding rough-shod over people's rights".

"What we have seen is this industry given leases to a quarter of NSW before there is proper regulation in place to manage the impacts it's having on farmers, communities and water," Mr Oosting said.

"It is an industry that is not benign, that is very clear, it is having an impact on water catchments and it is having an impact on people's health."

Mr Oosting said GetUp would be calling on the Federal Government to regulate the industry and in particular to protect ground water supplies.

Mr Oosting and other GetUp representatives toured sites near Casino before travelling to Kyogle to inspect the possible route of the Lions Way Pipeline, which has been proposed by coal seam gas company Metgasco to deliver gas from near Casino to customers in south-east Queensland, and to attend a community meeting at Lynches Creek, north of the town.

"This (coal seam gas) industry has exploded onto the landscape - they have come in and they have forced their way onto land, which I think for many people is shocking," Mr Oosting said.

"I think there are always ways to strike a balance between development and looking after our land, and I think it is essential."

 

WHAT IS GETUP?

'An independent, grassroots advocacy organisation, built to hold politicians to account.'

Funded by donations from its 370,000 members and others.

Other campaigns include: same-sex marriage equality, asylum seekers, climate action.

More information: http://www.getup.org.au.