TESTING THE WATER: Some members of the Northern Rivers Alliance Against CSG enjoyed a swim at their Christmas party.
TESTING THE WATER: Some members of the Northern Rivers Alliance Against CSG enjoyed a swim at their Christmas party. Lachlan Thompson

No drilling over Christmas

IT MIGHT not match the laying down of weapons on the Western Front in the First World War, but Metgasco and the anti-CSG protesters at Glenugie called a ceasefire for the Christmas period.

In a message to environmental activists at the Glenugie site, Metgasco's managing director Peter Henderson has advised that there will be no drilling over Christmas.

"In the spirit of Christmas goodwill, Metgasco advises protesters at the Glenugie site that we will not start drilling operations over the Christmas period," said Mr Henderson.

"We will recommence our drilling operations as per government approvals, continue our shopfront program, announce our consultative committee and release additional information to the community in the New Year.

"We would also like to engage with protest leaders as part of the process."

Spokeswoman for the Northern Rivers Alliance Against CSG, Boudicca Cerese welcomed the news.

"I think the protesters will be very happy to hear this," said Ms Cerese.

"Local residents will be very happy they can enjoy their Christmas without having to listen to the sound of drilling."

Ms Cerese with other activists and residents from the anti-CSG movement had a Christmas barbecue yesterday.



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