Opinion: Accused of "chasing away" CSG from region

I HAD a regular critic suggest to me the other day that we had "chased away" CSG from the Northern Rivers.

WE, as in The Northern Star, have done nothing of the sort.

Last time I checked, it was the NSW Government buying up CSG licences faster than you can poke a stick at and plenty of Nationals lining up to take the credit/blame for this.

If anyone has "chased" the CSG industry away from the Northern Rivers, it's our popularly elected government.

They, as in the Baird Government, lay the blame for issuing the CSG licences in the first place at the hands of Labor, so we have both sides of the political spectrum pretty much covered.

Arguing over whether there were more people in favour of CSG as opposed to the industry is rather a moot point now. So why waste your breath?

All it will take is the beleaguered Metgasco shareholders to accept that mining gas on the Northern Rivers is never going to happen without a fight involving thousands of police and protesters.

If they accept the $25 million offer for Metgasco to go away at a shareholder meeting in December we can all stop talking about this divisive issue once and for all.

It's not bad coin for a company that never really gained the necessary social licence or approval from the community it was potentially drilling in.

They lost the campaign to win local hearts and minds and they failed to rally enough people to their cause.

The Star heralded the discovery of gas in our region but was persuaded by the tide of public and political opinion shifting the other way.



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