CSG on Isis’s radar

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

What’s your opin­ion of coal seam gas? Tell me at matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au.

PHOTO: MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW

RE­PEAT: Could the Isis re­gion see scenes sim­i­lar to those seen at Bent­ley ear­lier this year?

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