It took four police to drag a 25-year-old social worker from the path of a moving vehicle at Doubtful Creek CSG protest site yesterday.
Meanwhile, at Glenugie, two women have this morning been forcibly removed by police after a locking-on to a truck at the gates of that test site in an attempt to block the departure of Metgasco vehicles.
A man is believed to still be locked inside a cage in the ‘modified Mad Max-style vehicle’, which is still locked to the gate, according to one of the protesters there.
Yesterday 25-year-old social worker Culley Palmer (pictured) was arrested at Doubtful Creek as he attempted to block the path of a truck into Metgasco’s test-well site near Kyogle.
It was the third arrest of the day as police arrived in force to clear the way for Metgasco’s transfer of a drill rig and other equipment to the site.
Mr Palmer was charged with disobey a reasonable direction and was refused bail. He will appear at Casino Local Court tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, 55-year-old Githabul elder Uncle Kevin Boota was issued a criminal infringement notice for offensive conduct after he remonstrated with police.
And as reported in Echonetdaily yesterday, 39-year-old Githabul man from Byron Bay, Kamallie Monsell, was charged with two counts of resist/hinder police in the execution of their duty.
Mr Monsell was released after appearing at Lismore Local Court yesterday.
Witnesses told Echonetdaily Monsell was spitting into his hand to mix with ochre he was planning to apply to his body at the time of his arrest.
Local resident Dean Draper told Echonetdaily this morning that police have vacated the site overnight and two security guards could not gain access after being turned back by the blockade.
About 80 local residents and CSG opponents are at the Doubtful Creek site this morning.
Protesters are expecting the arrival of Metgasco’s drill rig tomorrow.