Confrontation expected at Kerry blockade: Lock the Gate president to attend

Published: January 17, 2012

The president of the Lock the Gate Alliance, Drew Hutton, will be visiting the Blockade of the Arrow coal seam gas drilling site at Kerry, near Beaudesert, tomorrow (Wednesday).

The blockade, organised by the Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic group (which is part of the Lock the Gate Alliance), has been in progress for seven days.

There has been no drilling for four days and 13 protesters have been arrested at the site.

The blockade is occurring at a farm on Noondooinbah Estate Road (5 kms off the Kerry Road) and it is expected that confrontations will begin when work is due to commence at the site at 6 a.m.

The blockaders have stated they will not disperse until Arrow agrees to baseline underground water studies before commencing drilling. The two sides are currently at a stand-off.

Mr Hutton, who returned today from overseas, said he was looking forward to seeing for himself how the blockade is progressing.

"The Lock the Gate Alliance is stepping up the campaign against coal mining and coal seam gas all around the country," Mr Hutton said.

"We will not just lock the gate on them but also block the gate if they attempt to establish a foothold in communities who don't want them."


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