No coal seam gas drilling at St Peters is a victory for the community

MEDIA RELEASE  –  10 May 2012

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham said today that Dart Energy’s decision not to drill for coal seam gas at St Peters in Sydney’s Inner West was a huge victory for the community and called on the state government to cancel the gas exploration licence for the Sydney Metropolitan area.

Dart Energy’s announcement to the stock exchange is here: http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20120510/pdf/4265z63yxnsh24.pdf

“The decision by Dart Energy not to drill for gas at St Peters is a great victory for the local community who united to fight coal seam gas in their suburbs,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“It’s clear that coal seam gas does not have a social licence, especially in residential areas.  This has been belatedly acknowledged by Dart Energy with this decision to pull out.

“The State Government should acknowledge that coal seam gas mining is inappropriate for urban areas and cancel the gas exploration licence PEL 463 that covers the entire Sydney Metropolitan Area.

“I congratulate Marrickville Council for taking a strong stand against coal seam gas in their municipality.  More and more local Councils are filling the void left by the NSW Government’s failure to act to protect our land and water,” he said. 

A poll conducted in August last year by Galaxy Research found that 70% of Australians thought gas mining should be prohibited in cities and towns.  http://bit.ly/uU0kKb

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202  or  0419 444 916

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