COMMUNITY SPOKEN: Knitting Nanas and supporters outside the new Metgasco office in Barker Street, Casino. The Nationals at federal and state level for Page and Clarence agree they don’t want CSG on the Northern Rivers.
COMMUNITY SPOKEN: Knitting Nanas and supporters outside the new Metgasco office in Barker Street, Casino. The Nationals at federal and state level for Page and Clarence agree they don’t want CSG on the Northern Rivers. Samantha Elley

Plan’s a gas: Nationals

STATE and federal Nationals Members for Clarence and Page have both recently spoken publicly against coal seam gas mining in the Northern Rivers.

Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis addressed State Parliament in a Private Member's statement saying the approach by the government had been very measured regarding a gas industry in the Northern Rivers and a lot could be achieved with the NSW Gas Plan.

"The NSW Gas Plan developed by the Liberal and Nationals Government is based on science," he said.

"It has been very successful in reducing the CSG footprint across New South Wales from about 48% to 11% through its buyback program as well as through the cancellation of licences."

He goes on to express his disappointment about the decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales to quash the suspension of the drilling program issued to Metgasco by the New South Wales Government

Member for Page, Kevin Hogan has often openly declared his opposition to the gas mining industry in the Northern Rivers but reconfirmed it in a statement to federal parliament this month.

"I have urged the Government to explore every opportunity to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court," he said.

"Should this not be an option, then I firmly believe that the government has the capacity to deliver a gas field-free Northern Rivers through the NSW Gas Plan."

NSW Gas Plan

  • Government accepts all recommendations of the Chief Scientist and Engineer's independent review
  • Strategic Release Framework to be introduced so future gas exploration is done on terms that meet community expectations
  • One off buyback of petroleum exploration licences
  • Exploration titles removed from National Parks
  • Environment Protection Authority will be appointed as the lead regulator for gas exploration and production
  • Policy and regulatory reform will provide greater clarity for industry and communities


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