BIG DIG: Police work to release Ingo Medek, who had his arm encased in concrete at yesterday’s protest at Doubtful Creek.
BIG DIG: Police work to release Ingo Medek, who had his arm encased in concrete at yesterday’s protest at Doubtful Creek. Doug Eaton

Activists keep pressure on

PROTESTERS braved the rain and mud at Metgasco's Doubtful Creek test drilling site yesterday to continue their presence, prolong their message and attempt to hinder further movement of the drilling rig.

Between 100 and 150 protesters turned out after a rumour was spread that the rig was to be moved yesterday, ready for work at another site.

However, Metgasco said there was never a plan to move the rig yesterday.

One protester was in place with a lock-on device and by 4pm yesterday Police Rescue had spent more than five hours attempting to detach the man.

Reports suggested that one protester was hurt in a scuffle and an ambulance was called late yesterday.

Lillian Rocks protester Scott Sledge said rain and mud hadn't deterred them.

"It's a community demonstration, we're upset that they've come. We really want them (Metgasco) to understand that they're not welcome, and we'll do whatever we lawfully can to stop them polluting our air and water," he said.

"We're really keen to see an end to coal seam gas altogether, and the bad behaviour that is going on because of this corporate greed is something none of us want to see continue in the Northern Rivers.

"We won't tolerate destruction of our lives and livelihoods to satisfy their corporate greed."

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Nicole Bruce, said the police acknowledged the public's right to protest.

"We hope that there is ongoing peaceful protests and that the protesters abide by the law," Insp Bruce said.



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