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March 6, 2021

Bentley blockade ramps up

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The banner at the Bentley gas well site attached to four bollards made from railway sleepers cemented into the ground. Photo Marie Cameron
The banner at the Bentley gas well site attached to four bollards made from railway sleepers cemented into the ground. Photo Marie Cameron

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.

Photos Marie Cameron

‘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

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  1. Fantastic……..unfortunately in these ‘new times’ where our governments and police represent business interests and not those of the people of Australia (who pay their wages and benefits) we have to change the way that we make a stand for our rights……all power to you citizens who employ non-violent communication.

  2. Thank you protectors from me too. But there is worse coming with the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement (the TPP) that will make it federal government law to protect the commercial interests of corporations against protestors and over ride all sovereign planning law. if you have not in some form rallied against the TPP, signed a petition do so now. if it passes, (and Abbott is going to sign it), it will be the end of democracy and independent sovereignty in place of a new feudal world order. Geez, I sound like a conspiracy theorist but it is no joke. it is now available for all to read thanks to Wikileaks.

  3. Democracy is well and truly dead. Australia has been sold out to international big business. The spread between corporate profit and workers wages has never been greater. Viva la revolution.

  4. A very big thank you to each and everyone of the protesters for making me feel welcome when I was at the blockade over the weekend. The protesters were from a very diverse and wide age group..Thank you so much for standing up to the big fight we have ahead of us to stop this very invasive and damaging industry that they want to unleash on the northern rivers Let it be known that Northern Rivers is not for sale!!..And also let it be known that the farmers around the area also are standing up to stop the farm land being turned into gas fields. Peter Henderson would you like a gas well in your back yard!!! because we sure do not!.


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