Sunday, 2 April 2017
NSW Berejiklian Government continues to say no to coal seam gas mining in the Northern Rivers region
The Daily Examiner, 22 March 2017:
THE NSW Government has ruled out coal seam gas mining and exploration on the North Coast.
Deputy Premier John Barlilaro put a line through it yesterday during unveiling of the The North Coast Regional Plan at Coffs Harbour yesterday.
"We've heard the community's viewpoint on coal seam gas loud and clear and this plan states that CSG resources on the North Coast will remain in the ground,” Mr Barlilaro said.
The Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, was another member of the government happy to keep CSG in the ground.
"Despite what the deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, might be saying there is no appetite for coal seam gas mining on the North Coast,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Mr Joyce last week floated a national plan to give farmers who allowed gas wells on their land a 10% share of the royalties generated….
Mr Gulaptis said there was also no appetite to allow CSG mining exploration in the government.
"The government has bought up the exploration licences on the North Coast and in reality there's plenty of natural gas around,” he said.
Mr Gulaptis said the claims of a "gas shortage” in Australia were hard to understand.
"We've got plenty of gas in Australia,” he said. "The issues seems to be ensuring there is enough of it directed to domestic supply and not go offshore.