Topics:  coal seam gas, farmers, grafton, mining, south grafton

Mother of all battles

Lilly, Jess, and Norman Coleman, of Tucabia, with their anti-CSG Lock the Gate sign.
Lilly, Jess, and Norman Coleman, of Tucabia, with their anti-CSG Lock the Gate sign.

FARMERS and greenies are not the only ones opposing coal-seam gas (CSG) mining and exploration.

The latest recruit to the campaign to lock the gate against mining companies is a mother of two from Tucabia.

Jess Coleman attended the last CSG information meeting in South Grafton and became incensed at the potential dangers to groundwater and environment.

"I rang the Coastal Alliance Against Coal Seam Gas and asked if they could do a meeting in our community," Miss Coleman said.

Her Tucabia CSG information meeting this Friday night will include maps of district locations earmarked for exploration.

Denise Deans from the alliance will share information about CSG mining and the chemicals involved in the fracking method of extraction.

"I'm still learning all about it myself," Miss Coleman said.

"The underground water tables are getting poisoned from fracking and livestock can't live off the land because they can't drink from contaminated dams or bore water," she said.

She was touched by the stories shared at the meeting by Queenslanders whose children have de- veloped rashes from the methane gas coming through their water supplies.

"I wanted to stand up and protect my kids. I've got a small voice but maybe if we stand together we can make a bit of noise."

The Tucabia CSG information evening is at Tucabia Hall from 7.30pm Friday.



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