After hitchhiking for four days from Broken Hill, 29-year-old Peter Humphriss used superglue to stick on to the Santos offices in Narrabri at around 9am this morning in an effort to highlight the coal seam gas work that is being done in the area.
The 850-well Narrabri Gas Project and the construction of the Leewood facility, which is designed to treat up to one million litres of coal seam gas wastewater and then use it to irrigate crops on site, is a cause for serious concern to the people in the region and others who are worried about underground water.
This is Peter’s first action in support of the land. He says he is distressed by the destruction of the area and water – he fears a future where his kids will not be able to safely live.
Peter, a truckie and father of two, along with 10 other protectors who stuck-on, says he feels strongly about the damage being done to the waters of Great Artesian Basin, which is one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world.
The message from the protectors today is: we are sticking around.
At 9.20am four police staff lead by Senior Constable Peter Hartley arrived at the office to ask the protectors to move on, which they did.
‘We understand what you are doing here’, he said to a rep from the group. ‘But we have to ask you to move on.’
Mr Humphriss was approached by police as soon as they arrived at the office. ‘When the police arrived they asked me to remove myself from the doorway. He [Constable Hartley] was very polite, so I unstuck my fingers from the window. I was happy that the message I was trying to push had come across.’
‘I was quite confident when I stuck-on’, said Peter after he left the site. ‘I feel the action we did would have a strong effect on highlighting the destruction of the great artesian basin.’
The protectors cleared the site by 9.30am and moved to their next protest location.