Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Protesters Ready for Long Haul

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Protesters Ready for Long Haul

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HAMISH BROOME

news@northernstar.com.au

BOTH SIDES of the battle over coal seam gas were deflated yesterday after an intense day of action in which no one could be declared the winner.

A concerted police operation succeeded in breaking up the 48-day blockade, and 14 Metgasco contractor trucks gained entry to commence exploratory core hole drilling.

But protesters were quick to proclaim Glenugie a symbolic victory, arguing that that level of police response required to break the blockade could not be indefinitely repeated.

aThis is what the future looks like for Metgasco a potentially they face this at every site they go to,a Lismore author and activist Aidan Ricketts declared.

aIf they want to do this at every drill site for the rest of the year, theyave got a very big job ahead of them.a

Mr Ricketts described so-called agasfield freea communities as a cross between neighbourhood watch and the bushfire brigade, and said Glenugie established an example for other communities across the Northern Rivers. …

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