Libby Connors Lock the Gate member & blogger

    13 Jun 2013

    13 Jun 2013

    Photos of June Norman at the Brisbane launch of her Walk for the Reef.

    June is now past Mission Beach, south of Cairns, as part of her heroic 1200 kilometer walk from Cairns to Gladstone to highlight the harmful impacts of coal and gas developments on the Great Barrier Reef.

    11 Apr 2013

    11 Apr 2013

    A photo of Sting to match his evocative lyrics

    A photo of Sting to match his evocative lyrics

    11 Apr 2013

    Margaret Thatcher & pop culture

    It has been astonishing to note the admiration being expressed by young women on the passing of Margaret Thatcher.

    The Thatcher-Reagan years were bleak times for all of us who were young, idealistic feminists.  

    One iconic song that is still relevant is Sting’s ‘We work the black seam’. It remains relevant to Australia as conservative governments re-open uranium mines & expand coal production.  Two evils when we could prosper without either.

    We Work The Black Seam

    This place has changed for good
    Your economic theory said it would
    It’s hard for us to understand
    We can’t give up our jobs the way we should
    Our blood has stained the coal
    We tunneled deep inside the nation’s soul
    We matter more than pounds and pence
    Your economic theory makes no sense

    One day in a nuclear age
    They may understand our rage
    They build machines that they can’t control
    And bury the waste in a great big hole
    Power was to become cheap and clean
    Grimy faces were never seen
    Deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
    We work the black seam together
    We work the black seam together

    The seam lies underground
    Three million years of pressure packed it down
    We walk through ancient forest lands
    And light a thousand cities with our hands
    Your dark satanic mills
    Have made redundant all our mining skills
    You can’t exchange a six inch band
    For all the poisoned streams in Cumberland
    Your economic theory makes no sense

    One day in a nuclear age
    They may understand our rage
    They build machines that they can’t control
    And bury the waste in a great big hole
    Power was to become cheap and clean
    Grimy faces were never seen
    Deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
    We work the black seam together
    We work the black seam together

    Should the children weep
    The turning world will sing their souls to sleep
    When you have sunk without a trace
    The universe will suck me into place

    One day in a nuclear age
    They may understand our rage
    They build machines that they can’t control
    And bury the waste in a great big hole
    Power was to become cheap and clean
    Grimy faces were never seen
    But deadly for twelve thousand years is carbon fourteen
    We work the black seam together
    We work the black seam together

    5 Apr 2013

    With Dr Andrew Jeremijenko on board Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior today.  
The Rainbow Warrior is heading to north Queensland to protest proposed new coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area

    With Dr Andrew Jeremijenko on board Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior today.  

    The Rainbow Warrior is heading to north Queensland to protest proposed new coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area

    4 Apr 2013

    A great week for the Lock the Gate campaign as momentum builds across the country against the negative effects of coal and gas and LNG exports.

    3 Apr 2013

    3rd anniversary of the Shen Neng grounding on Great Barrier Reef

    Wonderful to see the regional press reminding us of this event and publicising the ongoing dangers.

    A 400,000sq m section of the Great Barrier Reef was damaged by this coal ship in 2009.

    http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/ship-still-makes-waves-shen-neng-1-recalled/1815339/

    23 Mar 2013

    Dredging & Dumping in Great Barrier Reef

    Abbot Point terminal expansion has not yet been given final approvals but the local fishering industry is already being pressured to agree to and propose a site to dump all the spoil from planned dredging. 

    Excellent radio interview about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/dredging-waste-to-be-dumped-on-great-barrier-reef/4588074

    14 Mar 2013

    So good to have some victories on csg.  A cartoon to celebrate as the fight for Gladstone and the reef continues

    So good to have some victories on csg.  A cartoon to celebrate as the fight for Gladstone and the reef continues

    7 Feb 2013

    Drew was arrested supporting the blockade of a csg site in northern New South Wales today.  Here is a link to several news reports of today’s events.
http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&gl=au&tbm=nws&q=drew+hutton&oq=drew+hutton&gs_l=news-cc.1.0.43j43i400.4578.7750.0.9875.11.4.0.7.7.0.235.454.2-2.2.0…0.0…1ac.1.tTiUT3jE4WU

    Drew was arrested supporting the blockade of a csg site in northern New South Wales today.  Here is a link to several news reports of today’s events.

    http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&gl=au&tbm=nws&q=drew+hutton&oq=drew+hutton&gs_l=news-cc.1.0.43j43i400.4578.7750.0.9875.11.4.0.7.7.0.235.454.2-2.2.0…0.0…1ac.1.tTiUT3jE4WU

    6 Feb 2013

    Anthony Marx did a big feature on this issue with photos.  Brought together all the issues really well but the Courier Mail confined the story to the business pages and the back half of the paper.

    6 Feb 2013

    ABC Qld last night interviewed me by phone as Save the Reef spokesperson while the Minister was in the studio. We discussed mine water discharges and monitoring of Gladstone Harbour turbidity.

    6 Feb 2013

    Save the Reef has been working to draw attention to the problem of dirty mine water being added to the massive volumes of flood water throwing through the Fitzroy River system and out to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.  Unfortunately Andrew keeps being reported as Greens member rather than Save the Reef spokesman.

    28 Jan 2013

    dirty tricks from Qld Gov over long weekend

    On Friday the Queensland Minister for the Environment Andrew Powell told the media 4 mines had been given approval to release contaminated mine water into the Fitzroy River.  He boasted that it would cause no problems because the river was already in flood so the salty and heavy metal contaminants in the mine water would be diluted.  An official gave a figure of 1 litre of contaminated water for every 100 litres of fresh river water. 

    What the minister and the department did NOT tell the media on Friday was that they planned approving another 38 mine releases over the long weekend. 

    Yesterday, on a Sunday in the middle of the long weekend, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection posted a list of 42 mines which have been permitted to release contaminated water into the rising Fitzroy River. 

    http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/land/mining/water-release-pilot.html

    Under changes to legislation in Nov 2012 the state govt now has the power to do this with only 24 hours notice and the companies no longer have to test their mine water for contaminants before they release. 

    This could be a disaster for downstream cattle, vegetable and fruit growers as the former contamination limits were set to protect agriculture. 

    No one has studied what the environmental limits for the Fitzroy Delta, Keppel Bay and their precious marine life might be. 

    So this mine waste is flowing straight into the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area. 

    If anything goes wrong we won’t be able to point the finger of blame at any company because the Qld Govt does not know who is releasing what.  The new Temporary Licence system is a farce.