CSG protester faces court tomorrow
A LARGE support crowd is expected at Casino Local Court tomorrow when a CSG protester arrested during a recent rally faces the magistrate.
Local musician and coal seam gas opponent, Davey Bob Ramsay, chained himself to a bulldozer at a Metgasco holding pond site at Shannon Brook near Casino to draw attention to what protesters claim to be illegal evaporation ponds.
Hundreds turned up to support Mr Ramsay's action and many stayed on for up to a week maintaining a blockade of the site.
Lock the Gate Northern Rivers spokesperson, Ian Gaillard said he expected a strong turn-out tomorrow.
"Davey Bob's actions show that ordinary people are prepared to step up and undertake peaceful direct action to protect our precious land and water from damage by the coal seam gas industry," he said.
"This protest highlighted the failure of the state government's weak and misleading policies on coal seam gas and was the historic beginning of peaceful direct action in our region against an industry which has no social licence to operate."
In breaking news, the NSW Environmental Protection Agency has backflipped, giving Richmond Valley Council permission to receive up to five megalitres of CSG production water at its sewage treatment facility after warning the council and Metgasco last month for dumping 1.3 megalitres of production water.
See tomorrow's Northern Star for the full story.