OPINION: CSG buyback welcome, by George

WHILE some of his political opponents are calling on him to resign, Lismore MP Thomas George has delivered on his election promise to buy back Petroleum Exploration Licence 445.

This is a licence that covers a huge tract of land including Lismore, Urbenville, Kyogle and Bonalbo.

Thomas deserves a pat on the back for putting it back in public hands.

He's also to be commended for challenging Lismore City Council to stump up some money if they wanted CSG out of the region.

Mr George has answered his critics in the best possible way and it is encouraging to see him get a bit more vocal about the issue of CSG which has, in the past, been his Achilles heel.

While the buyback of PEL 445 is a huge plus, everyone knows the job is only half done.

Until the NSW Government sits down at the negotiating table and works out a deal to buy back the licences Metgasco owns, the anti-gas community can't rest.

As Metgasco is the only active miner on the Northern Rivers it is imperative the two parties do a deal.

While Adam Guise of the Greens was calling on Mr George to resign after Saturday's CSG meeting at Rock Valley, he perhaps should withdraw those comments now.

Instead he should get behind Mr George and encourage him to lobby his Coalition colleagues to buy back the licence that covers Bentley and other areas.

Mr George is an old school conviction politician, and if he gets the job done on CSG, who is going to argue against him?



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