Seaspray, the story so far

LtG_Seaspray_Feb_2014.JPGResidents of Seaspray are nervously awaiting a decision by the Minister for Resources and Energy, Russell Northe. Mr Northe needs to decide whether to approve an application from Lakes Oil to carry out horizontal drilling.

The community steadfastly opposes the proposal, and is currently preparing for the likelihood of having to carry out peaceful direct action in coming weeks.

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what to look for in the state budget

Parliament-of-Victoria-Melbourne-.jpgThe 2014-15 Budget will be released on Tuesday 6 May 2014.

State budgets define the priorities of the government of the day. They speak to what type of world view that government holds. Will next weeks budget be another indication that we have a Coalition that is in denial about the reality of climate change, instead clinging vainly to the technology of the 20th century in the hope it can realise the dream of ‘clean coal’?

Or, in light of the massive impacts of the Hazelwood mine fire, will it use this budget as a chance to draw a line under the policies of the past, one where it starts to acknowledge the true economic costs of climate change and commits to the transition to clean and renewable energy that we so urgently need?

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Community consultation on gas welcomed.

seaspray_2_2014.jpgEnvironmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has welcomed today’s announcement of the community consultation process on unconventional gas by the Energy and Resources Minister Russell Northe.

“After many months of inaction by the previous minister, we are impressed that Mr Northe has moved quickly since his appointment to get this process out into the public realm” said FoE spokesperson Cam Walker.

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Victorian state election 2014


Parliament-of-Victoria-Melbourne-.jpgThe Victorian election will be held on November 29, 2014.

While the main Parties look set to run a ‘bread and butter’ election – focusing on issues like education, health, infrastructure and the economy, there is also a pressing need to make environmental concerns an issue at this election.

FoE is not aligned with any political party. Its mission is to gain protection for the natural environment, and elections present a great opportunity to promote a policy agenda which will help gain these protections.

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This week, help Indigenous people campaign for water rights.

Last December the Victorian government released the Water Bill Exposure draft, outlining a new water act for the state. This was an important opportunity to update Victoria's legislation to include greater recognition of Indigenous water rights.As Traditional Owners and long-term custodians of natural ecosystems, Indigenous people have a right and a responsibility to use water resources in their Country. The Victorian Government has a responsibility to improve Indigenous participation in water planning and provide access to water resources.

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Seaspray residents launch direct action 'pledge' campaign against Tight Gas drilling

no_drill_no_spill_Seaspray_Feb_2014.jpgLocals from Seaspray in Gippsland have announced their intention to blockade drilling operations if the government approves Lakes Oil Tight Gas activity.

Lakes Oil have applied to the state government to gain approval to carry out horizontal drilling in the Seaspray area in Gippsland.

Please support the community and tell the Minister not to approve the application.

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2014 Radioactive Exposure Tour


Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual Radioactive Exposure Tour from 12-27 April 2014.

Since the 1980s, the “Rad Tour” has taken thousands of people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.

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