Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton faces court

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Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton will face court today on charges of obstructing a coal seam gas company.

The case dates back to Hutton’s arrest in March after he joined a blockade against the construction of a CSG pipeline in Queensland’s Western Downs.

Hutton will be charged under section 805 of the Queensland Petroleum and Gas Act, which carriers a maximum $50,000 penalty.

Greens mining spokesperson Larissa Waters and leader Bob Brown as well as Australian Party leader Bob Katter, will attend a rally in Dalby today in support of Hutton.

In a statement Brown said Hutton was a co-founder of the Greens and had shown courage and integrity against the “money-hungry, invasive CSG industry”.

"Today’s hearing is a test case on the rights of people to protect our common assets from destruction by fossil fuel giants,” he said.

In August Hutton said he wanted to win the case “so that all land holders can lock their gates with confidence”.

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