Gun shots heard at CSG protests

The CSG protests at Tara have taken an ugly turn with three gun shots being fired this morning.

Residents who live on rural blocks with few services have prevented gas workers from leaving their camp since Monday near Chincilla on the western Darling Downs.

But protestors heard three shots this morning from one of the blockaded locations, news.com.au reported.

Police were already at Tara for the protests and a police media spokeswoman said there had been reports of gun shots.

One protestor, Dayne Pratzky, said no one was clear where the gun shot came from.

“No one was hurt but a few people are a bit shaken,” he said.

“It’s along battle but it’s going to take a lot more than bullets in the air to scare us off.”

Australian Mining reported on Wednesday about a brawl between a coal seam gas protestor and a QGC contractor near Tara.

Pratzkey said when he and another group member blocked the bus, a QGC contractor tried to gash a protestor’s tire.

A short brawl followed between the two men before they were broken up by onlookers.

Earlier this month, BG Group Australia chairman Catherine Tanna said a small group of protestors were deliberately misinforming the public, risking thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment.

Protesters blockaded a QGC drilling site near Miles last month and a Lock the Gate protestor chained herself to the company truck. The protesters wanted to stop QGC from trenching through the creek for an LNG pipeline.

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