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What Lies Ahead at Bentley?

A Letter to the Editor from Dr Wayne Somerville, Clinical Psychologist - 22 April 2014

The Bentley Protectors could soon confront a massive police operation.

Abandoning reason and decency, the NSW Government appears locked into a high risk “shock and awe” strategy.

They hope that riot police can end our community’s resistance to gas field industrialisation.

But Minister Roberts’ “courageous” policy of “mining by martial law” can only succeed if we allow it to - and why would we do that?

“Shock and awe” only works if we are indeed shocked and awed.

But what happens if we are just “prepared and bored”, and respond with humour and compassion rather than fear and anger?

Tactical and riot squad police are taught to neutralise resistance with overwhelming force. The gasfield bullies talk violence and they want us to confront the police head-on.

 In their dreams, we will be so decisively suppressed that we give up. But that is not going to happen. The people of the Northern Rivers are not going to cop shattered communities and ruined country.

Our brave Protectors and Simmos will delay the obscene parade. But armed riot police tend to get their portaloos and dongas in eventually. Playing to an opponent’s strength is not good tactics.

Unplanned defiance of the riot squad would result in mass arrests, bail conditions, and a consequent weakening of our people power. A judo attitude in which the opponent’s force is sidestepped and deflected, rather than met head-on, Sumo-style, is needed.

The Bentley well is not the end of the campaign – it is just the next step along the road to victory. We will win but we need to be patient, persistent, and resilient. Our task is not just to survive, but to thrive and grow stronger as we go on.

To succeed, the gas vandals have to build hundreds of wells and miles of pipes and roads under constant police protection. Time is on our side.

We live here and we are not going away. The iconic Doubtful Creek photo of a single gravel truck being escorted by a ring of armed police still makes me smile – “Mining the Metgasco Way: What a business plan!”.

There will be many more such photo opportunities before this campaign runs its course.So let’s not follow their script.

Remember who you are and why you are in this campaign. We are on the right side of history.

When you see columns of police looking mean and nasty, remember the big picture, draw on the fellowship and support of the good people around you, find your humour and compassion, and savour the moment.

You will be privileged to witness an event of historical importance.

The riot police might win this skirmish, but our determined citizens will win the war.

How ironic it will be if the police assault takes place around ANZAC Day.

The struggle to protect our democracy and precious country goes on.

We will honour the ANZAC tradition by supporting our friends and persevering until the job is done.Day by day our community grows stronger.

We are learning about unity in diversity. Democracy will prevail.

A great good is coming from all this effort.

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Metgasco and Bentley - The Untold Story

Letter to the Editor from Dr Wayne Somerville

To date, Metgasco has a 100% rate of serious failure for tight sands gas wells. The Rosella well at Bentley is Metgasco’s second attempt to successfully drill a well more than 2,000 m down into a tight sands formation.

Kingfisher, Metgasco’s other tight sands well leaked from the start, failed dramatically during decommissioning when 200 m of bore pipe was blown high into the air, and is subject to ongoing investigation by the NSW Trade and Investment Mine Safety Investigation Unit.

Peter Henderson says that “It is premature to speculate, the investigation process needs to be allowed to be concluded without hindrance”, but the Investigation Unit has already found that throughout its life the Kingfisher well’s “loss of integrity” allowed gas under pressure to migrate between the inside and outside of the well casing.

The Kingfisher well is now capped, but this failed well will forevermore allow gases and fluids from different geological strata to mix in an uncontrollable and unknowable manner.

Metgasco does not yet know what went wrong with their Kingfisher tight sands well, and now they plan to drill a similar well before the Mine Safety investigation is completed. If the gas is good, they will build a gas field from Lismore to Casino as quickly as possible.

According to the Office of Coal Seam Gas, gas extraction from Metgasco’s tight sands gasfield is likely to require “unconventional” techniques such as fracking and aquifer depressurisation.

But did you know that because the Bentley well targets a sandstone formation rather than a coal seam, Metgasco’s operations are exempt from all NSW Government CSG regulations?

Forget the hoopla about “World’s toughest regulations”, “2 km exclusion zones”, Environmental Protection Agency oversight, Aquifer Interference Policies, Gateway Processes, “Water Triggers”, and the rest - none of that applies in Bentley.

This operation only requires the approval of Minister Anthony Roberts.

Commonsense and good governance demand that the NSW Government immediately suspend Metgasco’s operations at Bentley.

Metgasco should not proceed at least until the Mine Safety Investigation is completed and this company can prove that it has achieved the technical understanding, engineering expertise, and corporate risk management culture necessary to successfully and safely undertake such a dangerous operation.

Dr Wayne Somerville

Clinical Psychologist

Link to external report in Kingfisher well failure - same report on this website


To all those who oppose CSG
from Dr Jacqueline Boustany MBBS, Dip Peads, MPH (Public Health)

I am writing to suggest there is another way to effectively eliminate this threat of profound water poisoning which would require much less effort than that which is currently being expended by the souls at the front line.

Metgasco may fold through the courageous efforts of direct action but may just be taken over by Dart Energy stakeholders of Dutch Shell and Petro China.

These players have too many fingers in too many holes in the earth to be stopped by local action and the corporate government have shown little interest in our health or that of the environment until close to election time.

It has become painfully obvious that majority vote no longer rules and no matter how many petitions we sign, letters we write or marches we attend or who in fact governs our land, this does not change the fact that our substrata has been already sold many times over to mining companies since white man first set foot here.

A quick revision of our current global corporate management will show us who holds the cards and where to take action. Multinational bankers and related companies hold the potential earnings of the land and its people as security on the billions they manufacture and lend to the government in its endless cycle of debt.

So effectively, their support of the mining companies and governments rely on the money you and I pay them in servicing our loans, credit cards, paying our taxes and rates etc.

In fact this is the only real money that exists…. the rest is speculation and inflation, so we as the people have the power to demand change with a simple protest.

There is only one language these people understand and that is Money. Ergo the only way to get their attention is to stop paying them, on masse.

Are we really going to keep asking to be heard whilst we are effectively paying the mining companies indirectly to continue their operations? It’s time to get smart and get organised.

We need working parties on the legal requirements of paying off small amounts on our mortgages or credit cards in protest( my info is they cannot take your house or your possessions if you pay something) ; the legality of the local, state and federal government in condoning such action against our constitution; the way to pay our rates and taxes only if they start actually representing the majority, even if we keep the money in a separate local building society.

This should not change the governments legal requirements to support us financially with social security or Medicare as long as we continue to fulfil those agreements but this can also be researched.

Get prewritten template paperwork sent out to make it easy and decide on a day to start on mass, and we will all tip the scales of power. Many of us believe that this is the most powerful, non-violent action we can take for ourselves and the planet and that now is the time.

 

 

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