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MEDIA RELEASE: Licence cancellation another cynical vote grabbing exercise by NSW Government

MEDIA RELEASE: 9th March 2015
Licence cancellation another cynical vote grabbing exercise by NSW Government

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers have responded with ambivalence to the announcement today that a petroleum licence in the south of the region has been cancelled. Resources Minister Anthony Roberts travelled to Grafton to announce that gas company Clarence Moreton Resources had agreed to hand in PEL 478.
“This is the cancellation of a small inactive licence. The fact remains that the current Liberal-National Government is actively supporting the roll out of the CSG industry across large parts of our region,” said Gasfield Free spokesperson Elly Bird.
“This government has already renewed Metgasco’s most active CSG licence areas (PELs 13 and 16), as well as the largest licence area in the region (Igas’s PEL 445), which covers Lismore, Nimbin and Kyogle and parts of the water supply area of major towns across the region, including Ballina and Byron Bay.”
“This is a cynical and tokenistic attempt by the Liberal-National government to look like they are doing something on this issue when they could have acted decisively long ago by refusing to renew the Metgasco and Igas licences that were quietly renewed despite repeated calls from the community for their cancellation.”
“The communities of this region are not stupid and will not be deceived by this latest gimmick from the government. They are angry that our local Nationals MP’s have the audacity to repeatedly ignore the community’s wishes over many years only to mock them with token actions at election time,” she said.


Contact for comment:
Elly Bird 0418 639 927 – Gasfield Free Northern Rivers Regional Coordinator
Dean Draper – Gasfield Free Northern Rivers Regional Coordinator

Background on PEL renewals:
Metgasco’s PEL 13 and 16- renewed until November 2017:
The current government renewed PEL 13 and PEL 16 on the 28th February, 2013, which is during the time of the Doubtful Creek blockade so they were well aware of community opposition at that time and chose to ignore it.
PEL’s 13 and 16 are the tenements where Metgasco has done the majority of their exploration work and where there has been massive opposition to their activities at both Doubtful Creek (PEL 13) and Bentley (PEL 16).
Igas’ PEL 445- renewed until November 2020:
This was quietly renewed on the 12th of November 2014. Parts of the licence areas were forfeited by the licence holder- a standard practice during renewal processes. The forfeited parts of the licence area roughly corresponded with the boundaries of the Ballina electorate. This licence area still covers

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