Civil disobedience has reached a new level at the blockade of the Bentley test gas well, with the construction of a substantial barricade overnight at the entrance to the property.
Freelance photo-journalist Marie Cameron, who visited the Metgasco Rosella E01 tight sands site this morning photographed the new construction, which she described as consisting of ‘four railway iron stakes that have been cemented into the ground to make a fence barrier with poles on both sides to hold a banner’.
‘The banner says Protected,’ she told Echonetdaily this morning.
‘On the reverse side of the banner is the pagan “sigil”. It’s a symbol developed by pagans to repel fracking.
Ms Cameron said in her opinion, the lock on is so substantial there is no way it can be pulled out or pushed over without a bulldozer.
‘Whoever put this in knew what they were doing and are obviously serious about blocking Metgasco’s access,’ she said.
‘With the lock on fence in place a vehicle cannot even get around it,’ she added.
Gas Field Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Scott Sledge said the new construction is ‘a spontaneous demonstration of landholders who do not stand with their neighbour who has allowed his land to become the first stage of a gas field.
‘This fence barrier is so substantial in nature we have to take the community’s feelings seriously,’ he said.
‘The inner gate to the min
e is star-picketed and covered with signs, Metgasco is not going to get through easily.’
He added that, ‘if this field were to go ahead it will pollute the neighbourhood’.
Tomorrow night the group artists against fracking are holding the first in a series of concerts titled The Battle For Bentley at Bentley Hall.
More photos to come