Locking the gates to fracking

Next week renowned Australian environmental campaigner, Drew Hutton is touring NZ talking about the risks of coal seam gas and fracking.

Hutton has worked closely with farmers, landowners and indigenous communities facing the effects of fracking and coal seam gas. It’s a big deal over there with several thousand farmers ‘locking their gates’ to controversial coal seam gas projects.

He is the president of the Lock the Gate Alliance and comes to New Zealand to share his extensive knowledge of fracking and coal seam gas and their effects on rural communities, land and water at a time when we face massive expansion of these industries across Aotearoa.

He is an inspirational campaigner and you can see the Lock the Gate campaign in action in this very good ABC documentary Gas Rush

I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with him next Wednesday and here’s the full itinerary of his public talks:

Wellington: 22nd August, St Johns in the City, 170 Willis St 6.30 pm.

Dannevirke: 23rd August, The Hub, Allardice St 2pm.

Hastings: 23rd August, Heretaunga Taiwhenua, 821 Orchard Road, 7-9pm.

Gisborne: 24th August, Gisborne District Council Chambers 2pm.

Te Karaka, 24th August, Rangatira Scout Hall, 7pm.

Rotorua: 25th August, Keynote speaker at Ka Nui Conference, Rotorua Convention Centre 3pm. http://kanuiconference.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/457444327621707/

Hamilton: 27th August, Waikato Univercity room S.G.03 7pm.

Taranaki: 28th August, Norfolk Hall, S.H3 Norfolk (near Inglewood) 7pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/449123541777459/

Gore, 29th August, James Cumming Wing, Ardwick St, 7.30pm.

3 thoughts on “Locking the gates to fracking

  1. So Gareth are you saying you are going to ignore the report of the Parliamentary commissioner for the environment report on fracking if it says its ok? What is the point of that report if you are going to ignore. What is your responses to Nick Smiths comments on fracking or are you better qualified (as he only has got a PHD in engineering) to comment on the matter?

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  2. This is great news that such a knowledgeable person is visiting these areas, but what about including Canterbury in the itinerary? With an exploratory permit for fracking in South Canterbury granted and a permit pending in North Canterbury, the residents, especially rural; would really gain a lot from a public discussion with Drew.

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  3. Must be time for a new post on facking – there hasn’t been one for ages….er….I mean since yesterday.

    Oh that’s right. That one was full of false claims. Best start another one.

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