Campaigner locks gate on CSG machinery
A PIECE of pipe-laying machinery has been seized by anti-CSG activist Graeme Henderson at a Montrose Rd property, near Tara.
The property is owned by the Fairweathers, who enlisted Mr Henderson’s help in negotiations with QGC after workers were exposed to radiation while drilling on the property.
Despite living only 700m from the site of the incident, the Fairweathers heard the story from neighbours, and shut out QGC as a result.
Leveraging off the mistake, the owners made QGC clean up the site and fix drainage problems and demanded a written apology and explanation, which they said they were yet to receive.
The owners verbally refused to approve requests to lay pipe on June 4.
When Mr Henderson discovered a piece of machinery designed for pipe-laying on the property on June 14, he locked the gate behind the vehicle.
A QGC spokesman said the radiation incident was being investigated by a Queensland regulator and they could not make further comment.
The spokesman said the machine was scheduled to install water and gas-gathering pipelines on the corner of Church and Montrose roads, and entered the Fairweathers’ property by mistake.
Mr Henderson did not trust that assessment.
“I have no intention of releasing the machine because they haven’t come to us with any sort of real story,” he said.