Four charges against Glenugie CSG protestor dismissed
A MAN accused of stalking a truck driver dumping drill mud from Metgasco's Glenugie test drilling site is the latest person to have charges against him dismissed in court.
Terry Elvey of Halfway Creek, near Grafton, was joined by 12 anti-CSG protesters yesterday, including several knitting nannas, who displayed signs of support outside Ballina Local Court.
Mr Elvey was charged with two counts of stalking, knowingly driving a vehicle in a matter that menaces another and driving over a continuous line on the road.
The charges related to three occasions during January and February when Mr Elvey allegedly followed truck driver Jayde Rose to find out where he was dumping drilling mud from the Glenugie site.
During examination by police prosecutor Sgt Nick Wiles, Mr Rose said he could only recall being followed by Mr Elvey on two occasions.
Magistrate David Heilpern declined an application by Sgt Wiles to allow Mr Rose to refresh his memory by re-reading his evidence.
"It is quite clear from this witness that he is only here to give evidence from two incidents," he said.
Mr Rose told the court he was taking "mud from the ground", to be disposed at an authorised facility in Queensland, when he was followed by Mr Elvey who yelled abuse and stuck his finger up at him.
After a hearing that lasted until 3pm, Mr Heilpern dismissed all charges against Mr Elvey.
Lock the Gate spokesman Scott Sledge said after the hearing, Mr Heilpern suggested some of Mr Elvey's anti-CSG friends should buy him a briefcase to replace the blue bucket that he was carrying his evidence for the court case in.
This follows charges against Ian Gaillard, Benny Zable and Ingo Medek being dismissed at Grafton Local Court in May.
Outside the court, Mr Elvey produced documents from Coffs Harbour Laboratory showing an analysis of soil samples he obtained from near the site fence, compared with samples of the drilling mud.
The samples showed elevated levels of arsenic, potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium and sodium in the test drill mud.
Mr Sledge questioned who monitored where the drilling mud was disposed.
At a glance
Comparison of chemicals in soil at edge of Glenugie site to drilling mud (in milligrams per kilogram):
- Arsenic: 4.6mg/kg - 8.6mg/kg
- Calcium: 1640mg/kg - 34,400mg/kg
- Chromium: 4.2mg/kg - 42mg/kg
- Copper: 8.9mg/kg - 45mg/kg
- Iron: 17,000mg/kg - 36,000mg/kg
- Magnesium: 1340mg/kg - 3240mg/kg
- Potassium: 660mg/kg - 24,800mg/kg
- Sodium: 170mg/kg - 1630mg/kg
- Zinc: 31mg/kg - 610mg/kg