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MR: Region ‘counting on pollies’ to finalise CSG buy back

MEDIA RELEASE 27 MAY 2015
Region ‘counting on pollies’ to finalise CSG buy back

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers is launching a celebratory countdown to the June 30 deadline set by the state government for the buy back of Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 445, which covers most of the Lismore state electorate and parts of Clarence. We are hoping this is a unifying process for the region as it moves a step closer to a gasfield free future.

A rare political consensus emerged during the state election over the fate of PEL 445 with the National Party leader Troy Grant and local member Thomas George promising a buy back of the license if re-elected whilst the Greens and Labor candidates were proposing a more comprehensive cancellation of all Northern Rivers gas licenses.

According to Gasfield Free Northern Rivers coordinator, Dean Draper “The buy back of PEL 445 will represent a significant step towards the achievement of a gasfield free Northern Rivers, particularly at a time when other National Party MPs, Chris Gulaptis and MLC Ben Franklin are also arguing for an eventual buy out of the Metgasco licenses. “

“Given the political consensus that exists in this region for the achievement of a gasfield region, the buy back of PEL 445 provides an early opportunity for the state government, the National Party leader Troy Grant and local member Thomas George to make good on their election undertakings to the region. “
“We hope Chris Gulaptis will also encourage the state government to investigate buying back the Metgasco gas licenses that cover most of his electorate of the Clarence before the deadline on June 30th

The countdown will be launched tomorrow in conjunction with the Knitting Nannas regular Thursday knit-in at the local members office, and will feature a countdown clock to be publicly displayed in the Lismore CBD for the month of June.

“It’s no longer a protest but a countdown to a unifying event for the region. We take our local candidates at their word and the whole community is now counting on Thomas George and Troy Grant to see this election promise fulfilled. We look forward to being able to celebrate this important milestone by June 30 the date set by the government for the completion of this process.” Mr Draper said.

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