Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Non-Violence Can Work

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Non-Violence Can Work

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Byline: commentTERRY DEEFHOLTS terrydeefholts@dailyexaminer.com.au

I SPENT way too long out at the Glenugie coal seam gas blockade yesterday talking to at least half-a-dozen very interesting people about the issue of CSG and its potential impact on the area.

Invariably the campaigners see their actions as an attempt to protect the water, air and soil from contamination at the hands of gas-drilling companies and late yesterday I was notified that police were expected at the site at first light today to make a path for a Metgasco drill rig.

The acampa-style blockade was in its 42nd day yesterday and the makeshift community has had to endure not only the elements but its fair share of aloosea characters who have claimed to represent their cause, but have done more damage than good. One such character threatened to shoot a truck driver that was trying to gain access to the site last month.

Organisers can only do so much to ensure that people, united by their concerns over CSG behave non-violently. …

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