Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker.
Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker. Cathy Adams

Airport closed for testing

CASINO airport will be closed for four hours tomorrow while Metgasco completes seismic tests in the area.

Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker confirmed the airport would be closed between 11am and 3pm on Saturday.

Seismic tests are being done by Metgasco on each side of the tarmac. There will be cables running across it, he said.

Mr Walker said there were no regular commercial flights into or from Casino.

"It is only private planes that use the airport for recreational purposes and we have contacted the Aero Club and all regular users," he said.

"That airport gets closed quite regularly. We have drag races on it and emergency activities. It's a fairly regular occurrence."

Metgasco chief executive and managing director Peter Henderson said a seismic survey was "a low impact, non-invasive method of gathering information about the location and characteristics of geological structures beneath the earth's surface".

The seismic survey is done by trucks driving along road verges or fields and transmitting a sound wave into the ground.

"The use of the Casino airport is a necessary part of the seismic survey and has been approved by the NSW Government and all relevant landholders," Mr Henderson said.

"Our impact on the airport will be minimal and will involve primarily driving trucks across the runway."

The first time a seismic survey was taken over the area was in 1962 and since that time 21 different seismic work programs have been undertaken and seismic data gathered over 2000sq km.



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