PROTESTING AGAIN: Knitting Nannas and others outside Metgasco’s Casino office.
PROTESTING AGAIN: Knitting Nannas and others outside Metgasco’s Casino office.

Metgasco’s mining plan met with anger by protesters

A DAY after Metgasco announced they would resume operations in the Northern Rivers, a group of about 40 Knitting Nannas and others staged a protest outside the company's Casino office.

Prominent nanna Anne Thompson said Metgasco's announcement showed "a total disregard" of the wishes of residents in the region.

"Eighty-seven per cent voted no (in the Lismore poll), 7000 marched in the street and 1000 turned up at City Hall, yet they still think they have a social licence and can ignore us. This is just a taste of things to come," she said.

CSG protester Dean Draper said he expected there would be a protracted direct action campaign against any form of gas mining in the region.

Metgasco said on Wednesday it intended to drill the Rosella-1 well in the Bentley area to a depth of 2100m, for "non-CSG, conventional gas".

Mr Draper said the gas there, in what is known as the Great MacKellar structure, was located in "tight sands".

"There is nothing safe about the reserves of gas around Bentley (in terms of water interference) and it still requires lots of wells to get a commercial flow of gas."

He said Bentley residents were watching and would let people know if there was any movement of machinery.



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