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Anti-CSG Groups Call For Government to Refuse Metgasco Production License

The regional alliance of anti-CSG groups, Lock the Gate Northern Rivers, has today called on the State Government to follow the advice of the Legislative Council Inquiry into coal seam gas and refuse to grant a Petroleum Production License for Metgasco’s planned Casino Gas Project.

The Inquiry report, released last week, recommends that no further production licenses be issued until a comprehensive framework for the regulation of the coal seam gas industry is implemented.

“We are calling on Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher to refuse to grant the Petroleum Production License that Metgasco needs to go ahead with its Casino Gas Project,” said Boudicca Cerese, spokesperson for Lock the Gate Alliance Northern Rivers.

“The Metgasco licence for a gas field near Casino should be the first to be refused under a new CSG production moratorium.”

“The Inquiry report highlights many deficiencies in the current regulatory framework and clearly says no further licences should be issued until these faults are addressed and a comprehensive, effective and transparent regulatory regime is put in place,” said Ms. Cerese.

“We strongly urge Minister Hartcher to waste no time in implementing a moratorium on production licenses, starting with the Metgasco production license.”

“The inquiry also recommends that regional-scale water assessments be finalised as a matter of urgency in regions where exploration is taking place.”

“The Northern Rivers has been earmarked for a federally funded regional scale water assessment, so it makes absolutely no sense to allow production gas fields to be constructed before the studies even begin,” said Ms. Cerese.

“We also call on our local National Party MP’s to represent the interests of their constituents by supporting a moratorium on new production licenses, a recommendation which had the support of committee member Rick Colless, their National Party colleague.”

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