Police and CSG protesters watch as Metgasco trucks remove equipment from the Doubtful Creek site after the company suspended CSG operations in the Northern Rivers.
Police and CSG protesters watch as Metgasco trucks remove equipment from the Doubtful Creek site after the company suspended CSG operations in the Northern Rivers.

Three arrested at Doubtful Creek's last hurrah

TENACIOUS protesters continued their opposition to the coal seam gas industry yesterday, with police arresting three on the 50th and final day of protest at Doubtful Creek.

About 35 police arrived at 5am, with the blue-overalled Operations Support Group moving to secure the entrance to the drill site.

Two men and a woman locked themselves to a multi-coloured station wagon but police used earthmoving equipment and gravel to build a road around it.

Police Rescue was successful in removing the locked-on trio and the first drill rig equipment emerged from the site at midday to jeers.

Protester Binnah Pownall said the day's blockade was a sign to the industry that they weren't welcome back.

"Today was a demonstration of resolve to show them that we won't give them an inch every time they're working, and a message to the next company wanting to use the Clarence Moreton Basin," Mr Pownall said.

But while many are happy to see the back of Metgasco, others are relieved to see protesters leave.

"It's good to see them leave to stop the harassment oflandowners in the district who weren't involved in the protest," Dyraaba farmer Trevor Wilson said.

A neighbour had a theft of at least $1500 of diesel fuel during the protest, as well having padlocks on their gates glued, he said.

Two neighbours had been "constantly harassed", had cameras in their faces and were verbally abused "going about their business".

He didn't think all of the protesters were responsible for those acts.

"They talk about being non-violent, what about emotional violence?" he asked.

The final convoy of drill rig trucks left about 3pm.



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