Fight breaks out at minerals conference

Police were forced to break up a fight inside a NSW mining conference after coal seam gas protestors attempted to interrupt speakers.

A handful of protestors managed to enter the conference at the NSW Minerals Exploration and Investment conference yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

One forced his way on stage, but was taken away by police.

The protestors outside warned of the state turning into an industrial wasteland unless NSW slows down mining and coal seam gas exploration.

The Lock The Gate Alliance also called for premier Barry O’Farrell to introduce a moratorium on coal seam gas operations in the state.

Many at the conference held up anti-mining banners, berating the attendees.

"Enough is enough," one protestor stated.

"You’re profiting from the destruction of our community," another yelled.

However, Lock the Gate’s Drew Hutton said “we’re not opposed to mining.

"What we’re saying is keep mining out of those areas where it is going to cause the greatest concern.

"It should be off good agricultural land; it should be away from where people live; it should not be destroying our underground water systems and it should be out of environmentally sensitive areas."

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