Knitting Nannas against gas call for 'zombie' PELs to be cancelled

Sydney Knitting Nanas and Friends Against Gas on November 25. Photo: Pip Hinman

A day after federal environment minister Sussan Ley approved Santos’ industrial gas plans for the north west of New South Wales on November 24, a, the Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends called on the government to support Independent MP Justin Field’s bill to cancel “zombie” petroleum licences in NSW.

These are licences that have expired and the minister has the power to cancel them.

Marie Flood, spokesperson for the Nannas, read a message from north-west NSW farmer Rosemary Vass, thanking city folk for continuing to highlight the campaign to stop fracking.

Nanna Jo Tobin read a letter NSW nannas sent to the NSW minister for mental health Bronwyn Taylor urging her to support the mental health of landholders by cancelling the PEL.

The letter read, in part, that the approval of the Narrabri gas project had “increased the anxiety of people living in areas where the looming threat of an unnecessary gas industry will significantly change their way of life”.

Greens MP David Shoebridge came by to show his party’s support for the campaign against gas.

Miguel Heatwole and Patrick Harte provided many songs of struggle and drew in a lot of support from passers-by.

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