Gas protestors stand their ground despite shots being fired

Protestors attempt to stop coal seam gas workers leaving their camp near Chinchilla.
Protestors attempt to stop coal seam gas workers leaving their camp near Chinchilla.

THREE shots have reportedly been fired at the Tara protest against coal seam gas this morning.

Since Monday, people who live on rural residential blocks with few services have blockaded gas workers from leaving their camp near Chinchilla on the western Darling Downs.

Stop CSG Tara president Dayne Pratzky said the protesters had "no idea who fired the shots".

"It was unbelievable - one minute we're standing around blockading QGC's machinery, and the next minute we're lying face down in the dirt wondering who's shooting at us," he said.

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"I've got no idea who fired the shots but it was very scary.

"It's extraordinary the lengths we have to go to in order to have our concerns heard."

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He said despite this morning's incident, the protesters would remain at the site.

Police were reportedly at the blockade line and ordered people to move on, but some remained in place.

A police media spokeswoman was unable to independently confirm the shots fired.

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