A group of protesters at Metgasco’s Glenugie test site were driven at by a utility yesterday afternoon, according to one of the community members at the site.
Denise Deane told Echonetdaily it was a miracle none of the protesters was injured in what she said seemed like a deliberate and provocative action.
The incident capped off a tense day at the site, where Metgasco is winding up their test drilling program and preparing to move on.
Three people were arrested in the morning for blocking a truck with drilling equipment from leaving the site.
Activists believe the equipment will now move on to Metgasco’s Doubtful Creek test site, north of Kyogle.
Ms Deane said that about mid afternoon, ‘a dual-cab ute came out and accelerated into pedestrians. It was lucky no-one was injured.
‘He drove down the road, only to discover that the area was flooded, didn’t realise he would have to come back. Everyone went down and performed a citizens arrest.’
Ms Deane said police took statement from one protester, a security guard and the driver and let the driver go.
‘They want us to go in and give statements today,’ she said.
‘We still don’t know what happened with regard to the second two arrests; they were further up the hill near the well site, so about half a kilometre along the road from where we were.’
The action at Glenugie is continuing but a number of people in the area are still flooded in and a call went out on the CSG Free Northern Rivers for more people to go to the site.
Another comment on the group’s Facebook site last night read, ‘trucks are loaded, engines are on and the drivers have put on first gear, they are accelerating and blowing their horns trying to get the northern rivers community out of their way so they can go frack another beautiful place.’