CEO puts mouth where his money is
IT WAS potentially a defining moment in the public relations battle between Metgasco and the anti-CSG movement.
While a scrum of anti-CSG protesters looked on from outside the company's Shannon Brook holding pond, Metgasco managing director Peter Henderson yesterday downed a glass of water filled from the dam to ostensibly prove its purity.
"This water is salty, but it's not toxic; it's almost suitable for Australian drinking water standards," he announced to the waiting media.
Metgasco employee and Richmond Valley councillor Stuart George had seconds earlier scooped the water from the top of the dam, accompanied by shouts from protesters to "take it from the bottom".
He even went back for seconds so the TV cameras could get a decent shot.
"There's been a lot of misinformation out there about the industry, and it's important that decisions in the community are based on fact and science and not on rumour and disinformation," he said.
The gesture coincided with a release by the company of a water analysis of its drilling fluid which Mr Henderson said showed the salinity in the water used in the gas extraction process was between 10% and 50% that of sea water.