'Five years ago the Coal Seam Gas came to my small QLD town. I was instantly blinded by the benefits that such development would bring. It didn't take long before I could see again, things didn't quite end up the way I had hoped. Forget the bag of gold they offer, once you look closer it's fools gold!
'Our roads became a death trap, the numbers of cars can only be described as an invasion, and soon after the social impacts were there for everybody to see, local people moved from their homes and moved to the show grounds, some in caravans some in tents, most just left town.
'The drill rigs, compressor stations, pipe lines, lay down yards, processing and reverse osmosis plants arrived, accompanied by camps that held thousands of workers. We lost our town and way of life. We didn't know better, but now we do.
'My nightmare has now become your problem, gas wells are being drilled around the Pilliga scrub, most will think "it's not my problem", unfortunately it is. Once the industry gets a foothold you're done for, CSG is like an cancer, it spreads and you don't have a say in it. From thereon in you're just a passenger. If there were ever a time to stand it is now.
'The best thing about your situation is you're not alone, you have people traveling even 7 hours to help you, however, I must warn you that people will only come if they see that the locals are willing to step outside their comfort zone, and want help. It's your problem and you must lead the charge. We have the experience and we're willing to share it with you.
'This weekend people will be traveling to the Pilliga scrub to fight back I am asking you to join us for a non-violent direct action to stop the drilling. Life as you know it is now over, you now have to make a decision. The choice is yours. Are you going to stop this industry in it's tracks? Or are you going to have the never ending stress that comes with living in or around a gas field? Are you prepared to spend years dealing with land access agreements? Or do you want to farm? You and only you can answer that question. CSG is now part of your new life, if you choose to stand by and let go without a fight.
'You can get details from our facebook page "CSG Rescue NSW" (https://www.facebook.com/stopcsg.tara?fref=ts) or contact your local groups. The time is now, and from my personal experience; if you don't stand and fight you will regret it......
'Kind regards, Dayne Pratzky (26 November 2013)'
See also: Stop Coal Seam Gas in the Pilliga!
The footage is from Doubtful Creek, Northern Rivers NSW, in February 2013, where massive community opposition to plans to establish gasfields in the region caused expensive delays resulting in the gas mining company (Metgasco) ceasing operations in March 2013.
The quiet and stillness of the beautiful country around Doubtful Creek is shattered by the arrival of the AJ Lucas drilling rig and convoy of associated vehicles. The narrow gravel roads & tiny wooden bridges were never intended to handle these kind of loads. The neighbouring farmers never imagined they would have to contend with this direct assault on their very way of life. The attempt to industrialise the Northern Rivers is bound to fail due to the determination of local communities to protect their land, water and air.