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Metgasco gone: shareholders accept govt buyback

Today Metgasco shareholders have decided to take the Government CSG licence buyout offer which means the Northern Rivers will remain gasfield free and protected by community. A group of farmers and community members from the Northern Rivers travelled to Sydney to attend the AGM to witness the vote and the final act in a long […]

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Alliance welcomes buy back of PEL 445

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has welcomed Member for Lismore, Thomas George’s announcement today that PEL 445 has been bought back. “We are very pleased that the government has taken this important step and reduced the number of licences covering the Northern Rivers. PEL 445 covers a large area from the border right down to the […]

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MR: Metgasco should take the money and run.

MEDIA RELEASE : Metgasco should take the money and run. Today’s announcement by Metgasco that they are moving forward with plans for seismic acquisition at Rock Valley and with drilling at Bentley has been met with renewed determination and commitment from the local community. ‘We will not sit idly by and watch Metgasco roll in […]

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MR: Alliance welcomes sale of Northern Rivers gas licence

Media release 2 September 2015 Alliance welcomes sale of Northern Rivers gas licence: urges action to protect the region Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement from Minister Roberts that the government is buying back Clarence Moreton Resources PEL 457. “The communities that are covered by this licence can now rest easy knowing […]

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MR: The Northern Rivers still at risk

A group of citizens from the Northern Rivers will travel to Sydney next week to meet with state politicians, support the Petroleum (Onshore) Amendment (Prohibit Coal Seam Gas) Bill being debated in the Upper House, and urge the NSW Government to ‘finish the job’ and buy-out all remaining gas licences in the region. Gasfield Free […]

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MR: Northern Rivers in Gas Mining Limbo

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has welcomed the news from Minister Anthony Roberts of the time extension to the Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) buy back scheme, however they noted that the community needs the issue to be resolved soon. Thomas George’s comments yesterday that it could take years doesn’t meet community expectations and there is an […]

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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. […]

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MR: Permanent Protection Getting Closer for the Northern Rivers

MEDIA RELEASE 26th May 2015 Permanent Protection Getting Closer for the Northern Rivers Gasfield Free Northern Rivers are very happy to hear the news today that several Northern Rivers MP’s are working to change the Government’s policy on unconventional gas by calling for a ban for the Northern Rivers at next month’s National party conference […]

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Media Update: Metgasco ruling represents a procedural victory only

The ruling from the Supreme Court on the Metgasco court case is now available for viewing here. In making the ruling Justice Button noted that while the suspension process undertaken by government was not lawful, the judgement in no way reflects the merits or otherwise of the suspension itself. He notes: “…the evidence shows that […]

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Media Release: Alliance calls for urgent legislative reform to protect public

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers says today’s court win by unconventional gas driller Metgasco against a State Government decision to suspend their drilling licence after it was revealed they breached community consultation requirements highlights need for legislative reform to protect the public. The Supreme Court has today found in favour of Metgasco’s challenge of the suspension […]

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