Group to monitor CSG companies

About 2000 people turned out at Byron Bay to protest against coal seam gas mining, while 1000 letters were posted to Premier Barry O’Farrell.
About 2000 people turned out at Byron Bay to protest against coal seam gas mining, while 1000 letters were posted to Premier Barry O’Farrell. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

NORTHERN Rivers Community Watch is taking its taking its campaign against coal seam gas mobile with a "small fleet" of patrol vans being used to monitor the acitivities of gas companies in the region.

In a statement, the group says the vans will be used to monitor the activities of Metgasco and Arrow and would be "equipped with the latest electronic equipment to monitor and record information and to inform the public on the movements of CSG companies".

"Daily updates will be made available on Twitter and Facebook to give communities warning of pending threats in their localities and to give threatened communities the 'heads up' to mobilise," the statement says.

The statement says the launch of the vans follows a residents' "vigil" at Glenugie last week to block work being done by Metgasco.

"There is an ever-growing list of over 60 self-declared CSG free communities across the Northern Rivers and our ongoing surveys confirm the results of the Lismore poll, showing that over 85% of people across the Northern Rivers oppose this dirty and destructive industry," the group's Phillipe Dupuy is quoted saying in the statement.

"We have a legitimate right to monitor and oppose this industry."



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