Cam­paigner locks gate on CSG ma­chin­ery

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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.

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