CSG activist's gun threat
HE'S not terribly worried about a locked gate - Adrian Nygaard has a gun.
At least that's what you might think if you'd been following some of his Facebook activity of late.
Mr Nygaard, who also goes by the name Seal Basher, has taken to the social network in support of the coal seam gas industry and has branded those opposed to the industry as brain dead oxygen thieves.
Alongside a photo of himself with a pistol aimed to the side of camera, Mr Nygaard wrote on Sunday: "You picked the wrong people to go to war with!!! LMFAO (laugh my f'ing a*** off)".
A veteran oil and gas driller who has worked around the world, Mr Nygaard, 41, goes on to name anti-CSG campaigner Kim Core as a specific aim of his post.
Ms Core, of Tabulam, told The Examiner yesterday she believed she upset Mr Nygaard when she commented on his Support Coal Seam Gas Drilling page that his hands, in another photograph of him (with a semi-automatic rifle), appeared to be soft and that he must drive trucks, "not do the hard work".
Several hours later, Mr Nygaard who sometimes lives in Goonellabah, posted the photo above.
Speaking from Inner Mongolia, China yesterday, Mr Nygaard said his post had been blown way out of proportion.
He said he had taken it down because it was a bad joke that people clearly were not getting.
"I cannot see how it can be seen to be threatening," he said.
"I say quite clearly that it was a sick attempt at humour and that I don't condone violence.
"We started that page (Coal Seam Gas Drilling Support) for people in the industry ... then all these people from Lock the Gate and all that started going on it and calling us all sorts of things like trolls and environmental terrorists.
"We get steady barrages of attacks constantly and now this happens and we look like the bad guys.
"I think people are trying to do this now to bring more attention to their cause."
Asked about another post in which Mr Nygaard allegedly said guns were how protesters were dealt with in South Africa, Mr Nygaard said that had been taken out of context and it was very humorous at the time.
He said he had decided to pull down the CSG Drilling Support page because it was causing too much stress.
"We are seeing a lot of misinformation out there that's being pushed by people who've seen Gasland and have decided that what has happened in the US is happening in Australia - well it's not.
"I support a very tightly regulated industry, I don't want to see the environment destroyed... I actually think open pit mines are a bigger threat to the environment than CSG."
Mr Nygaard acknowledged the CSG industry was not perfect and supported a call for baseline testing to be conducted on aquifers before exploration begins.
Ms Core said she was planning on reporting the incident to police but wasn't too concerned about Mr Nygaard's words.