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Pilliga gas blockade swells: drill rig halted

A woman remains locked to the underside of a truck in a stand-off at the site of Santos’ coal seam gas exploration site in the Pilliga forest, in North West NSW.

The blockade has been joined by over 30 local community members, and police are now on the scene.

Willala farmer Alistair Donaldson said, “This community will not sit back and see our groundwater damaged and contaminated by Santos. We will fight for our water and our region.”   

Deborah Briggs, a Gomeroi Traditional Owner is present at the blockade with the endorsement of Gomeroi Elders and said, “I am here protecting our culture and our water. Santos are not welcome on Gomeroi country.”

Peter Thompson travelled to the blockade from Coonabarabran and said, “Drilling for coal seam gas is heading in the wrong direction. The gas industry will destroy this region, and we should be investing in renewable energy instead.”

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