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Friday 9th May 2014

SEASPRAY: READY TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY

The coastal town of Seaspray, part of the spectacular 90 Mile beach is making a last ditch attempt to have their voices heard as the government considers wether to approve a mining licence for Lakes Oil to conduct risky horizontal drilling in the community.

It is expected that a decision will be taken by the end of June.

In a community where 98% of residents do not want gasfields, locals are calling on the Energy Minister Russell Northe to reject the application.

Lakes Oil begun laying a new access road to the proposed drill site last week angering locals.

“It is clear that the company is not listening, Lakes Oil’s only concern is for it’s shareholders not the community that will be massively impacted if their plans to conduct further drilling goes ahead” said Lock the Gate Victorian Coordinator Ursula Alquier

“This community feels that it has been let down and abandoned by the government and have been left with no other choice but to conduct peaceful non-violent direct action whilst risking arrest in order to protect their community” said Ms Alquier

Locals in Seaspray took a pledge earlier this year to do whatever it takes to stop further drilling for oil or gas including taking part in peaceful direct action and risking arrest.

As Lakes Oil continues preparation of their site, Seaspray locals have also begun work on a nearby neighbouring property, beginning to set-up a blockade camp known as ‘Camp Seaspray’

“We have seen an outpouring of support for this community and their plight from right across the state. If the application is approved, we will be blocking Lakes Oil every step of the way” said Ms Alquier

“This is a real test of the integrity of the new Energy Minister, as people from across the state urge Mr Northe to reject this application” she said

“Will communities such as Seaspray want to engage in community consultations about unconventional gas if the majority feel their views about drilling are ignored and projects such as these approved regardless?” “ We fear that community consultation will be too little, too late for the Seaspray community if this application is approved” said Ms Alquier

For further comment contact Ursula Alquier 0499 991 324                                                      For more information on the Seaspray story go to: http://www.foemelbourne.org.au/seaspray_story  or visit: www.facebook.com/gasfieldfreeseaspray

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