Lock-on at AGL's CSG fracking site at Gloucester
Gloucester resident Brett Jacobs, 50 year old father of seven, has been arrested this morning for taking peaceful direct action against AGL's coal seam gas fracking.
Three others were also given court attendance notices for taking peaceful direct action this morning after they walked on to the site where AGL plans to commence fracking imminently.
All four people that took peaceful direct action this morning are charged with trespass and will attend court at a date to be confirmed.
The company brought its fracking equipment into Gloucester at 4am on Monday morning and local residents and their supporters have taken action today to show their opposition to coal seam gas industrialising the Gloucester valley, the community's health, existing agriculture and tourism business and drinking water.
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ORIGINAL RELEASE: Immediate release, 7am, 21 October 2014
A local man is currently locked on to the access gate at the site where AGL seeks to commence its controversial fracking of four coal seam gas pilot wells in Gloucester.
"AGL has a battle on its hands if it thinks it can turn our valley into a coal seam gasfield. This is our home and we are not giving up or going away," said Brett Jacobs, 50, Gloucester resident of 25 years and father of seven.
The fracking of four coal seam gas wells at Gloucester was approved by NSW Resources Minister Anthony Roberts in August 2014. AGL is planning to drill and frack 110 coal seam gas wells in the first stage of operations in Gloucester.
"This fracking was approved by the NSW Government under laws and regulations that the Chief Scientist has said need a complete overhaul," said Mr Jacobs.
"If Minister Roberts ignores the Chief Scientist by allowing AGL to commence fracking it would be an act of supreme recklessness showing utter contempt and disregard for Gloucester residents.
"We are calling on Minister Roberts to do the right thing by Gloucester and invoke an immediate suspension of all coal seam gas operations at Gloucester until the Chief Scientist's recommendations are implemented," he said.
"Coal seam gas is not safe and AGL's plans to industrialise Gloucester with hundreds of gas wells puts at risk our beef, dairy and horticulture industries," said Karen O'Brien, a small tourism business owner and Gloucester resident living just a few hundred metres from AGL's coal seam gas fracking site.
"Gloucester is a tourism hotspot and the visitor economy generates $44 million annually. Thousands of people flock to enjoy the beauty of our region each year but who wants to holiday in a gasfield?" she said.