Felton farmers to lock gates

THE Friends of Felton begin a campaign of
THE Friends of Felton begin a campaign of "civil disobedience".

THE Friends of Felton have started a campaign of "civil disobedience" against the company that is planning to build an open cut coal mine at Felton.

Ambre Energy is currently conducting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for a proposal to establish the large open-cut coal mine and petrochemical gasification plant in the highly productive Felton Valley, 30km SW of Toowoomba. 

Friends of Felton has campaigned for almost three years against the Ambre Energy proposal.

Spokesman Rob McCreath said the group's members would no longer co-operate with Ambre.

“The Ambre Energy project would turn one of Queensland’s most productive food-producing regions into an industrial wasteland with terrible consequences for the natural environment and the community. The proposal is simply insane," Mr McCreath said. 

“The Government’s recent approval of two major coal seam gas projects in the Surat Basin, in spite of serious environmental concerns expressed by the Co-ordinator General, proves that the EIS process is totally inadequate for the assessment of mining projects."

Mr McCreath said the campaign could involve locking gates and blockading roads, but said it would be "strictly non-violent".

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