AFTER two significant blockades in 2013, the conflict over CSG on the Northern Rivers looks set to become a war of attrition.

Metgasco has comprehensive approvals for its current exploration wells and a legal right to continue its operations.

Next on the drilling agenda for the company are three horizontal wells north of Casino, including one at Dobies Bight just minutes from Kyogle.

And police have confirmed they will continue major operations to support legal CSG activities.

Yet Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton was resolute that the determination of CSG protesters to blockade, lobby, and "lock the gate" would eventually work.

"We're prepared for a long fight," Mr Hutton declared.

"Metgasco is a company which is particularly vulnerable - they need investment and they need a decent share price," he said.

Protester at the Doubtful Creek blockadt this week.
Protester at the Doubtful Creek blockadt this week.

 

Mr Hutton said the path forward against the industry was CSG becoming a political issue, and cited the example of local MPs Janelle Saffin and Justine Elliot aligning themselves publicly against CSG.

Mr Hutton also said Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke was "fudging it" when he said the Federal Government may not have the authority to stop state-sanctioned CSG.

"The Federal Government most definitely has the power - they could impose a moratorium themselves by refusing to allow export."

"The end point for us is that government - Federal or State - actually takes up our demands, and implements a reform legislation that transforms policy."

"We'll be lobbying politicians, we'll be rallying... but we'll also be targeting investors and mounting more legal challenges."

"Things can change pretty much overnight."



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