Anti-gas rally in Penola

AN anti-gas mining rally was held at Penolaon January 24 with over 150 people attending to voice their concerns over gas exploration in the SE.

Held at Greenrise Lake, 2km south of Penola, the protest was primarily against Beach Energy's mining operations in the area.

The evening before one of the Lock The Gate Films recently released: "Fractured Country - An Unconventional Invasion", was shown at Rymill Hall.

This film was made and produced in Australia, outlining issues that Australians are facing with unconventional gas.

Highlighting the concerns of people in the region, Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated (not directly involved in the staging of the protest) president Allen Jenkins on behalf of his industry said he was cautious about the gas drilling.

"We're not against progress as such," he said.

"We just have some concerns about the impact of drilling for shale gas...there's no room for failure."

Mr Jenkins said the big concern was the impact of the drilling on the precious groundwater his industry relies on as well as the possibility of hydraulic fracturing being used down the track.

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