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A 52-year-old woman from Tweed Heads has locked herself under a worker’s truck at the Santos Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri in the Pilliga forest, holding up work for the day.

The truck is blocking all access to the facility preventing any further traffic from entering the site, and halting construction of this large-scale coal seam gas infrastructure.

The woman, Mina Hunt, a disability worker, said she’d ‘never done anything like this before but I know the risks of the coal seam gas are too great to accept’.

‘I have adult children and hope one day to have grandchildren. Coal seam gas is one of the biggest threats for a sustainable future, and I’m hopeful that more and more people will stand up against destructive industries to help ensure a safe future for the coming generations,’ Ms Hunt said.

‘Santos has already contaminated an aquifer with uranium and other heavy metals. Neither Santos, the NSW government, nor any scientist can provide a guarantee that our precious groundwater will not be contaminated again or that the Great Artesian Basin will not be de-pressurised by Santos’ 850 well Narrabri Gas Project.’

A Lock the Gate spokesperson told Echonetdaily that the Leewood facility is designed to treat one million litres of toxic coal seam gas water every day before using it to irrigate crops on site.

The approval of the facility has been challenged in the courts by Narrabri-based group, People for the Plains, which is being advised by the NSW Environment Defenders Office (EDO).

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. We all know about CSG it stinks in so many ways.
    I also encourage people to engage in stopping this industry in what ever way they can .
    The world needs a stop to these invasive polluting industries not expansion.
    Humans have already messed up the ecosystems ,now we must do every thing possible to clean up the damage done.
    We have alternatives to fossil fuels we must presure governments to bring them online now and also do it our selfs such as solar panels and electric cars etc.
    Money the root of all evil.
    David. Saunders. Conservationalist

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