Media Release: Gasfields remain an existential threat to the Northern Rivers
Battlelines are being redrawn over gasfield developments in the northern rivers as the state government moves to exclude Ballina from gas licences but leaves the rest of the region exposed”
That’s the message coming from Gasfields Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Dean Draper, following the government renewal this week of Darts exploration license over areas surrounding, Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin and including rural communities such as the Channon, Dunoon and areas north to the QLD border.
Metgasco has also made it clear that it is keen to renew its push to drill at Bentley, as well as pushing the state government for the issue of a production license close to Casino, that was foreshadowed by former minister Chris Hartcher in 2012.
“For all the talk of the NSW governments gas plan being a game changer, the vast majority of Northern Rivers residents continue to live with the existential threat of gasfield development over their farms and communities over coming years”, Mr Draper said.
“Except for the governments moves to shore up their electoral prospects in the seat of Ballina, we are not seeing any significant change, and have received no concrete assurances from our local members that our homes and valleys are safe.
“Unless the licences of Metgasco , Dart and all other companies over the Northern Rivers are cancelled then the prospect of ongoing conflict over the next four years remains likely.”
“The Northern Rivers community has made it abundantly clear that the vast majority of people are determined to remain gasfield free, and we will do so, but the state government needs to stop playing politics and come clean now about its plans for our region after next March, the community deserves to know.”
“The Government had a prime opportunity yesterday to cancel a licence – the licence had expired, Dart has been delisted as a company in Australia and moved away from CSG mining interests here. Instead, they chose to renew it and that can only mean one thing for the Northern Rivers – a path to an industrial gasfield.” Mr Draper said