Casino Aerodrome is likely to close today for the second time in a week, partly because anti-CSG actions prevented Metgasco from completing scheduled seismic testing over the weekend.
Echonetdaily understands the aerodrome was to have closed for a few hours this morning to allow the craning of a manufactured home into the adjacent RV Village.
But an email sent late yesterday from Richmond Valley Council’s Reserves and Facilities department said Metgasco had requested the closure be extended until 6pm ‘to undertake seismic testing work that was postponed on Saturday 3 November 2012’.
The email asked for feedback but said that ‘if no issues arise, Council will extend the closure period’.
Yesterday CSG Free Northern Rivers issued a media release calling for people to return to the testing site today.
‘Casino is currently the front line in our region’s fight against unconventional gas. It is vital to make our presence felt in Casino or the industry will continue to creep across our beautiful region,’ it reads.
The release went on to respond to Metgasco’s allegations of theft during protests over the weekend.
‘We do not condone aggression towards gas-field and associated workers. Activities of this kind undermine the good standing of the vast majority of the community and provide Metgasco with opportunities to deflect attention away from their own actions.’
It continued, ‘Our community is understandably distressed and angry at the failure of the government to represent us and to put a stop to further development of this invasive industry. As citizens we have a duty to protest. The more successful we are, the more the gas industry will attack us in the media. History shows that nonviolent social movements can grow to a point where the government of the day has to listen to the people.’