Knitting Nannas embody local spirit of protest

METGASCO PROTESTS: Knitting Nannas not happy.
METGASCO PROTESTS: Knitting Nannas not happy. Contributed

EACH week the colourful sight of the Knitting Nannas outside the Metgasco office in Casino has greeted passers-by as a consistent reminder of their opposition to CSG mining.

"(They are) a presence and there are a lot more people behind the scenes who are also protesting," Lock the Gate spokesman Ian Gaillard said.

While Mr Gaillard said there will always be resistance to "unconventional gas mining" the Metgasco team in Casino has been busy with rehabilitation work, according to chairman Nick Heath.

"When the (State) Government proposed new regulations of the gas industry, the implications weren't at all clear, so we closed down field operations," he said.

"At the same time we had a capable team so we thought 'why not focus on rehabilitation work?'."

Mr Heath said Metgasco has been making sure that wells are plugged off and sites are cleared, fenced and grassed over.

"A couple of wells are in a suspended state which will be capable of starting up again when we get back to business," he said.

Recent reports have indicated Metgasco may be in business sooner rather than later with CSG mining in NSW a key priority for the Federal Government.

"We don't have a time frame as to when we will be back in Casino," Mr Heath said.

"Our aim is to assure the local community we are a safe industry."



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