CSG on Isis’s radar
COULD Childers see scenes similar to that of northern New South Wales’ Bentley Blockade?
The Bentley Blockade saw thousands of protestors bind together to put a stop to Metgasco, which had planned to open an estimated $30 million well at Rosella (near Bentley).
The contentious coal seam gas issue was on the table at Tuesday night’s Isis District Residents and Ratepayers Association meeting.
Community group Mining Free Childers presented and led a discussion on the issue for about an hour of the 90-minute meeting and highlighted their concerns with what they describe as “invasive gas fields”.
Guest speaker Maynard Heap said there were three key changes to legislation that had him and fellow anti-CSG activists concerned but added he would do what he could to ensure the Isis district remained CSG-free.
“I went down to Bentley earlier this year to see what it was about and given the opportunity I’d go again,” Mr Heap said.
“When they come, if we’re willing to show up and say ‘not in our backyard’, we can stop them from entering our area.”
Mr Heap said the best way for locals to act was to ensure they were fully informed.
“I’d say do online searches for terms such as ‘coal seam gas’, ‘gas fields’ and ‘fracking’,” he said.
“There is a lot of research coming out, mostly from the US.
“We would like to hear from anyone locally who have been approached by these companies.”
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REPEAT: Could the Isis region see scenes similar to those seen at Bentley earlier this year?