Metgasco still in limbo on Bentley's "Rosella" gas well

Metgasco boss Peter Henderson
Metgasco boss Peter Henderson Jay Cronan

THE STATE Office of Coal Seam Gas has yet to contact Metgasco to explain where the company stands in relation to last week's suspension of exploration licence PEL16.

Metgasco managing director Peter Henderson declined to comment yesterday.

The company was desperately hoping for a reversal of the sudden-death decision, which caused an overnight halt to the multi-million dollar Rosella E01 well project.

In an ASX statement, the company said "regular contact with the Office of Coal Seam Gas has not indicated there has been any problem with our consultation to date".

Last week, Mr Henderson confirmed the company would pursue legal action to claim millions of dollars in compensation over the suspension, regardless of whether the suspension was lifted, but it is unclear when that would commence.

Meanwhile, a roll call of politicians has paid homage to the Bentley protest.

On Friday, NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson visited "Camp Liberty" alongside shadow minister for the North Coast Walt Secord.

Mr Secord put credit for the government's backdown squarely at the feet of protesters, saying in Parliament it was "their win and their spirit that forced the State Government to back down".

"The decision was simply to get Lismore MP Thomas George and Tweed MP Geoff Provest past the 2015 State Election," he continued.

Their visit was followed by Greens Senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, who called for the PEL16 licence to be "extinguished".

Topics:  coal seam gas gas metgasco

STORM IS COMING: The entire Northern Rivers will be impacted

Stormy weather is coming this way.

Northern Rivers is in for some interesting weather today

Racist, 'hateful' vandalism angers Ballina community

Police are appealing for information about racist vandalism painted on footpaths and a fence at a Ballina address. The incident is believed to have occurred on the evening of October 24 and the morning of the 25th.

People are "angry and frustrated" by the hurtful words

'Numerous leads' in horrifying streep strangling

Petra Lovett of West Ipswich is devastated after one of her pet sheep was killed and another is missing after a dog attack. Robbie is still missing.

Investigations are ongoing after $5000 reward call

Local Partners

Car chases and ducks, all in a day's work at cafe

ANYONE who has travelled the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane would know of the Parkside Cafe at Woodburn.

Stunning orchids on show in Lismore tomorrow morning

ONE of the magical orchids in show at Lismore Central at this year's Northern Rivers Orchid Species Society annual show.

Nature's most exotic works of art on show

Ten things to do this week

A photo from the 2015 Pink Halloween event, hosted by Lismore charity Jodie's Inspiration.

Halloween, shows, music, art and more

Exterminate! Exterminate! The Daleks are coming

BCC Lismore will be screening a limited-run theatrical special presentation event of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks animated series from Saturday, November 12.

A much celebrated Doctor Who story is coming to Lismore and ByronBay

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!