I was away, in the Hunter Valley last weekend, and yesterday, with the opponents of Coal Seam Gas extraction, in Sydney outside the Eastern Star Gas company AGM.
Some interlopers from the Southern Highlands made it into this photo.
First time I've ever been in the Fin Review! (Page 12, in the 11 November 2010 edition).And Caroline Graham's hand-made "No Fraccing" poster also featured loud and clear.
I am personally dismayed to find that the Chairman of Eastern Star Gas is John Anderson, former Deputy PM, and former Representative of the very area likely to be wrecked by the gas drilling, the removal of water, the contamination of the remaining Groundwater, and physical disturbance with a very long "high-pressure" gas pipeline.
Australian Financial Review
By: Angela Macdonald-Smith
Protesters target Eastern Star Gas
The board of Eastern Star Gas faced outraged farmers and disgruntled shareholders at the coal-seam gas producer's annual shareholder meeting in Sydney yesterday over concerns about water management and employee incentive shares.
About 80 landholders and supporters from NSW's Liverpool Plains region waved placards and shouted slogans including "Deliver us from evil gas", outside the meeting while the Greens called for a moratorium on coal-seam gas (CSG) exploration pending a study on its impact.
Inside the meeting, shareholder discontent centred on a hefty remuneration increase for managing director David Casey despite a flat share price performance over the past year.
The stepping-up of anti-CSG campaigns comes as Queensland's $50 billion industry has been rocked by a second toxin scare in less than a month, marring progress at liquefied natural gas ventures in Gladstone, including BG Group's SUSI 5 billion-plus project.
Protest groups in NSW would increase pressure on the state government in the run-up to the March 26 election to take action on CSG, said campaigner John Thomson, executive officer at the Hunter Valley Protection Alliance, which organised a similar protest at AGL Energy's annual meeting in Sydney last month.