Nine coal seam gas protestors arrested

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Police yesterday arrested nine anti-coal seam gas protestors obstructing Arrow Energy exploratory drilling on a Queensland property.

Police said the protestors at Kerry Valley, near Beaudesert, were arrested after failing to adhere to a police direction.

Around 45 other people were involved in the demonstration.

According to The Courier Mail protest spokesperson Innes Larkin said landowners were concerned they were “not being listened to”.

He said protestors were “law-abiding citizens” but made the decision to blockade Arrow’s activities because of the importance of the issue.

In a statement yesterday Arrow Energy vice president exploration Tony Knight said the two wells in the Beaudesert were not production wells and would not employ the controversial hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technique.

“The exploration wells are designed to obtain information about the geology of the area only, and are not able to be used to produce CSG or water to surface,” he said.

Arrow said details of the operations were advertised in local papers in November last year, and the company understood the importance of groundwater to the local community.

He said Arrow had Government approved environmental management programs and a recent report on its activities had recorded “negligible to nil impact on groundwater in the region”.

On twitter yesterday NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham issued congratulations to the protestors.

“The Greens are with you,” he said.

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