Anti-CSG protesters locked onto gates and trucks today in the Pilliga to stop progress on CSG mines and the Leewood Wastewater Facility under construction by Santos. Working from a camp base that now has more than 80 people onsite, protesters spent the day attached by bike locks in an effort to stop work on the CSG mines. Police were in attendance but no arrests were made. Protesters are now rotating who is attached to equipment further preventing Santos from moving equipment.
Nicole Hunter from Coonabarabran locked onto a gate and said that ‘I’m determined to do all I can to protect the future of this region and our planet for my three young daughters. The Narrabri Gas Project is proposed for the recharge area of the Great Artesian Basin. If we depressurize or contaminate this resource there’s not turning back’.
Michelle Webb, a Binnaway resident sixth generation farmer and agriculture teacher locked on to the gate of the Leewood wastewater treatment plant said ‘We’ve already seen the impacts to our groundwater from Santos’ exploration activities’.
‘You cannot have the coal seam gas industry and respect our precious water resources – you just cannot have both. The risks of the coal seam gas industry are simply unacceptable,’ Ms Webb said.
‘This is not how I’d choose to spend my morning four days before Christmas, but it’s urgent that we stop the threat of coal seam gas before it takes over like it has in Queensland.’