Bentley Blockade in April.
Bentley Blockade in April. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Metgasco expects Bentley drilling suspension to be overturned

METGASCO expects the Supreme Court to overturn the suspension on its drilling activities at Bentley when the company next appears in court, which is anticipated to be in October.

On May 14, the Office of Coal Seam Gas issued a suspension on Metgasco's planned drilling of its Rosella well at Bentley, citing inadequate community consultation.

Last Friday, Metgasco appeared in the Supreme Court of NSW to advance its judicial review of the decision made by the OCSG.

Chairman Len Gill said in a letter to shareholders, released yesterday, that the court had agreed to expedite the hearing, but the first available date was not likely to be before October.

"Metgasco is yet to be provided with any documentation from the NSW Government which explains how it determined that the suspension decision of May 14 was lawful and justified at that time, despite a Court approved 'Notice to Produce'," he said.

Mr Gill said he expected the Supreme Court to overturn the suspension.

"It is our intention to resume drilling of the Rosella conventional well as soon as practicable after this time," he said.

"We will be seeking an assurance from the NSW Government that lawful activity in the Northern Rivers will be supported and protected.

"Metgasco continues to investigate all options, including whether it may have a claim for damages.



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