Drill site disbelief


UNITED IN OPPOSITION: Anti-gas mining campaigner John Brook stands with Coonawarra vignerons Dennis Vice, Emma and Steven Raidis and Merilyn Paxton, who is chair of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance. 
 Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

UNITED IN OPPOSITION: Anti-gas mining campaigner John Brook stands with Coonawarra vignerons Dennis Vice, Emma and Steven Raidis and Merilyn Paxton, who is chair of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

COONAWARRA vignerons and anti-gas mining campaigners have expressed disbelief that a proposed $12m conventional gas well will be drilled just a "stone's throw" from established vineyards.

This follows Beach Energy yesterday announcing the location of its controversial Haselgrove 3 gas well, which will be about 8km south of Penola on state-owned forestry land.

The drilling site will be located near the boundary of the world famous Coonawarra wine district and adjacent the new $80m Union Dairy Company processing plant.

According to Beach Energy, the site will be visible from the Riddoch Highway when the rig arrives.

Coonawarra vigneron Steven Raidis yesterday expressed his disappointment the drilling site was so close to his winery's established vineyards.

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