The brave residents of Fullerton Cove, on the outskirts of Newcastle, have set up a blockade this morning to prevent Dart Energy from drilling two coal seam gas pilot production wells which are currently under construction.
The locals have gathered in force outside the gate at the site and are preventing Dart from entering the property to build a well-pad. See the attached map of the location.
They need help NOW. Please get here today if you can, spread the word far and wide, and encourage all your contacts to do the same. This is a long-term campaign, and people will be needed from today and over the following weeks.
Come and help save Newcastle’s drinking water.
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Since being chased out of St Peters in Sydney by a concerted, grassroots effort, Dart Energy have put all their effort into drilling at Fullerton Cove.
This is a pivotal moment in the fight against coal seam gas mining in NSW – if this pilot well does not proceed it will be a massive victory from which the fledgling CSG industry may never recover.
The two proposed pilot wells are located on a floodplain next to the Hunter Wetlands Ramsar site, an internationally significant wetland.
The pilot wells would involve drilling through the Tomago sand beds which provide drinking water for Newcastle.
The Fullerton Cove Residents Action Group wrote to Dart Energy last week questioning the lawfulness of the proposed drilling and asking that no further construction occur until it has been tested in court.
This brave local community needs your support today.
Directions to get to the site from Newcastle:
Take Industrial Drive and turn right on to Tourle St. Follow the signs to Newcastle airport. Turn left at roundabout after the coal loaders. Stay on that road and follow it over the Stockton bridge. Turn left into the road sign-posted as Fullerton Cove Rd, and then the blockade will be on the left after approx 3-4km. The location is 379 Fullerton Cove Road.
Contacts for the blockade:
Robyn 0423 338875, Lisa 0422 481393 or Su 0402 857888