Marie Cameron and Chris Dobney
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.