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May 8, 2021

Final showdown at Doubtful Creek

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Around 30 police arrived at Metgasco’s Doubtful Creek CSG test drill site at 6.30 this morning to oversee the exit of the AJ Lucas drill rig that remains in the company’s compound while a community blockade of the site continues.

If the company thought that by announcing Metgasco had suspended its Clarence Moreton exploration and development program the blockade would end they were mistaken.

When the word went out yesterday, people came from near and far to celebrate at the front line. People cheered and danced with joy as the new CSG free reality sunk in. At the same time everyone knew the fight was not yet over; the drill rig was still at Doubtful Creek.

The protesters, or Earth protectors as they prefer to be called, are calling on Metgasco’s CEO Peter Henderson to come and get his rig: there are a few things they would like to say to him about the trouble he has caused to people and the many communities.

The many people who have cared about Doubtful Creek and what has happened there are ready to give Metgasco and its rig a fitting farewell and expect the police at any time. Before the Doubtful Creek protest can be brought to its successful conclusion, once more the red alert needs to ring out.

An old car has been installed at the Eden Creek Forest entry to block Metgasco’s departure. Aptly named the Githabul Growler this old Ford family station wagon has been ‘locked on to China via the centre of the Earth’, according to the Earth protectors who say ‘it is not going anywhere’.

Just as Metgasco thinks it’s all over, this symbol of resistance is set to delay their exit and use a whole lot of police time and resources.

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  1. The battle of Doubtful Creek is up there with the Battle of Terania Creek a victory to the people and it will have enduring consequences for the future of environmental protection and for democracy.
    The rule of laissez faire mining and corrupt government (may Eddie Obeid rot in hell) is checked.

    Praise and honour to those who put their bodies on the line.

    The Githabul Growler ought be enshrined forever as a memorial to their courage and their community service.

  2. Am wholeheartedly supporting the farmers and all who are helping protect our water land air – well done. Delaying their departure, i wonder. the police time will unnecessarliy/indirectly cost everyone. I would rather speed them on their way out of there as quickly as possible. Wave them off with placards “don’t come back – we will still be here” breathing a little better, a bit more certain of the pure water and air..Well done again to those who gave up time and sleep on behalf of the majority of people on the tweed coast and northern rivers./

    • yep let the company go… off to glouster to ruin another farm and another community, holding them back sends a clear message they will meet economic costs where ever they go. Good on you frontliners yous are my dirt heros

  3. Hopefully, this alarm has gone off to achieve two purposes. 1 To wake up those who had been dozing off, to the potential of people power when a collective of committed citizens, with common sense, wisdom and respect as there drivers confront these corporate thugs, who have been using our police in a manner most unbecoming.

    and 2.The signal to these corporate thugs that the old game is over, irresponsible ministers need to be locked up, corporations fined out of existence and their resources confiscated and employed towards repatriation of the land effected and a demand that CSG lobbyists are required to provide the science to support the unsupported claims that the entire process is “safe” and “harmless”


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