Performing on Sunday at the Shannon Brook CSG site were Sons of Summer Julieanne and Clint Crighton.
Performing on Sunday at the Shannon Brook CSG site were Sons of Summer Julieanne and Clint Crighton.

Gate blocked to Metgasco works

PROTESTERS are continuing to stop the construction of a CSG wastewater holding pond at Shannon Brook near Casino through an ongoing blockade.

As many as 30 protesters held the line at the weekend by blocking the entrance to the site.

A call has been put out to help maintain a vigil to prevent any further works and protesters say they have no plans to leave any time soon.

The activists say a Metgasco ute was seen arriving at the site about 6.40am yesterday, stopping about 100m from the protesters before turning and driving away.

Spokesman for the Richmond Valley Group Against Gas Dean Draper said there had been a groundswell of support for the blockade.

"We want to make sure we respect the farmers and keep this place operating as a farming area, so we are asking people to book with us if they want to come down," said Mr Draper.

"It seems as though Metgasco is unwilling to approach while we are here."

Protesters were treated to an impromptu roadside gig by Australian-born international folk duo The Sons of Summer.

The Nashville-based husband and wife outfit, Clint and Julieanne Crighton, said they had been following the issue via social media for months and happened to be visiting family in the area.

"I started tweeting about this in America and we started talking over email with the local anti-CSG group and they sent us a note to come down and play," Mr Crighton said.

"We feel so passionate about this issue and this is the time to make it known that the community isn't happy about it," Mrs Crighton said.



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