Environmentalist escapes jail

An environmentalist has escaped jail after charges against her were thrown out of the Narrabri Local Court.

ABC News reports Carmel Flint faced court after an incident last year where she chained herself to a bulldozer to stop Boggabri Coal clearing land in the Leard State Forest in NSW.

Flint faced three charges, including entering enclosed lands and interfering with mining equipment, and a maximum penalty could have seen her sent to jail for seven years.

Flint told ABC News she was pleased with the outcome of the hearing but was worried by the severity of the charges.

“I feel very disturbed at the severity of the charges laid against me, including one charge that carried a maximum seven year jail term which, I thought, was incredibly heavy-handed and designed to dissuade peaceful protest,” she said.

Flint is a prominent member of the anti-mining community in NSW, and has campaigned with anti-coal seam gas group Lock the Gate.

Last year she also gave evidence in court after applicants sought to gain information on wood supply agreements from timber companies.

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