Bentley gas drilling suspension shows social licence is critical

Media release – 15 May 2014

Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed news that the government has suspended Metgasco’s licence to drill for gas in the Northern Rivers because of a failure to consult with the local community, saying that it was a huge win for the people power and the community and a clear demonstration that a social licence is both real and necessary. bignumbersbentley

“This is a fantastic win for the people of the Northern Rivers that have united in great spirit and determination to protect their land, water and community,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The Bentley blockade is a physical manifestation of the social licence and shows that a social licence is not only real, but necessary for an industry like coal seam gas to operate.

“People across NSW consider coal seam gas as unsafe and unnecessary.  From Western Sydney, to the Northern Rivers, to Narrabri, to Gloucester, the community is saying no and that they are prepared to put their bodies on the line to stop this industry.

“Metgasco have patently failed to win the support of the community and are finished. They should pack up and leave.

“The Greens want a total ban on coal seam gas because it is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips 0419 444 916

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