FREEDOM RIDE: Leader of the Woop Woop riders Mick Franklin outside Parliament House in Canberra yesterday at the end of his 74-day ride from his property at Glenugie. Photo: AAP/Alan Porritt
FREEDOM RIDE: Leader of the Woop Woop riders Mick Franklin outside Parliament House in Canberra yesterday at the end of his 74-day ride from his property at Glenugie. Photo: AAP/Alan Porritt

Glenugie two won’t be saddled with CSG

A PAIR of Glenugie land- owners rode horses to Parliament House in Canberra yesterday to protest Metgasco coal seam gas operations near their property.

Joined by 10 others over a 74-day journey from Grafton, Colaria owners Mick and Donna Franklin hit out at CSG exploration on neighbouring properties.

And despite inviting politicians across the political divide to attend their protest on the lawns of Parliament, only three Greens senators joined them.

Mr Franklin said he did not have Metgasco tenements over his land, but he was worried about the impacts exploration on a property next door might have.

One of his greatest concerns was that CSG operations might impact his property's spring water supply.

"I own my land, and I don't owe anything to anyone - I simply want to be able to live on my land without anyone coming on and trying to drill on it," he said. "We came all the way down to Canberra to show the politicians we did not want CSG to impact on our land and water."

Mr Franklin had recently travelled north of Tweed to talk to farmers and "regular people, not protesters" about the impact of CSG in Queensland.

He said he was shocked to find people reporting their bores had dropped 20m in some cases, which landholders in Queensland believed was because of coal seam gas mining.

"When I went to agricultural college, I was taught that water was our most precious resource," he said.

"But in Queensland, where people are struggling from the drought, you've got gas companies drilling and bringing all this toxic water to the surface."



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