Major parts of a gas drilling rig have arrived at Beach Energy's Haselgrove 3 well site

The rig was met by local protesters

 Major parts of a gas drilling rig have arrived at Beach Energy's Haselgrove 3 well site

Major parts of a gas drilling rig have arrived at Beach Energy's Haselgrove 3 well site after leaving Moomba Tuesday morning on three oversized vehicles, accompanied by a police escort.

The rig was met by local protesters at the site, but police managed to gain control.

Beach Energy and the State government have been at pains to describe Haselgrove 3 as a conventional well, which will not be fracked. 

The Department of State Development has more recently described it as an exploratory well which is looking for shale and tight gas.  It is not a production well as it was presented previously.

When located, the shale or tight gas can only be extracted by fracking.

Haselgrove 3 is a Trojan horse, which will open the door to fracking in the Limestone Coast and could lead to over 3000 wells across the region.

A 2016 peer reviewed report examined 685 scientific papers that clearly showed gasfields cause harm. Most of these point to risks to air, water and health. Some fracking chemicals are known to cause cancer, damage organs, and interfere with hormones and reproduction.

The communities of the Limestone Coast do not want to see any form of gas exploration or extraction in the South East.  The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance has surveyed nearly 50 communities with an average of 96% of people in those communities opposed to gasfields in the region.

The communities of the Limestone Coast will have a presence at the site to say NO to gasfields.

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