By Jamieson Murphy Nov. 26, 2015 Northern Daily Leader
A SMALL number of protesters blockaded Santos contractors in the Pilliga forest for three hours on Tuesday and vowed the protest was the first of many to come.
Santos said it had commenced routine maintenance activates at the coal seam gas (CSG) pilot wells at Dewhurst South in the Pilliga to "ensure the ongoing efficient and safe operation of the wells".
Local residents noticed a convoy of trucks, including a workover rig, moving through the forest on Monday afternoon.
Three men held the convoy up for about an hour by sitting on the road, but left when police were called.
Coonabarabran protester Brett Sanders-Hopkinson said eight people took part in a protest organised at short notice.
"This is just the beginning of stopping Santos' work we'll be more organised now that we know activities in the Pilliga forest have resumed," Mr Sanders-Hopkinson said.
"Our protest today is a tiny taste of what Santos can expect at every step in its efforts to establish the CSG industry in our region."